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Three dead, including two children, in Buffalo house fire

Posted at 3:21 AM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-22 13:07:41-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Three people, including two children, have died following an early Friday morning house fire in Buffalo.

The fire broke out just after 1 a.m. Friday morning at a home on Shirley Avenue. That's just off Bailey Avenue, in the city's Lasalle neighborhood.

According to the Buffalo Fire Department, the father was alerted of a fire by a working smoke detector, he attempted to get the family out of the house but the power went out in the process making the escape more difficult.

Fire officials initially told the 7 Eyewitness News crew on the scene that one person died as a result of the fire. But around 7 a.m., Buffalo police confirmed that two people had died -- a girl, 4, and a woman, 26. Their names were not released.

The four-year-old girl, identified as Sianna Jones, was given CPR at the scene, she later died at ECMC.

The 26-year-old woman, Brianna Ross, the aunt of the children, was there visiting family and was declared dead at the scene.

Early Saturday morning officials announced a third person died as a result of the fire.

A boy, 8, who was in critical condition at Oishei Children's Hospital with burns to 80 percent of his body Friday was declared deceased in the early overnight hours.

The other occupants of the home, the two parents, were taken to ECMC for smoke inhalation, the father was treated and released, the mother is still being treated and under supervision.

Fire officials said one of the people in the home was outside on the front porch, and the rest were in a bedroom on the second floor.

Buffalo Fire investigators have ruled the cause of the fire as accidental, it appears the fire started in the kitchen.

The home is a total loss.

Stay tuned to 7 Eyewitness News for any updates as they become available.