An eight year-old boy was killed Thursday night when a fire swept through his family's home on Sunset Terrace in the Town of Tonawanda.
A GoFundMe account set up by the family identifies the victim as Seth Creenan, the son of Brian and Katherine Creenan. Seth attended Glendale Elementary School, where he was an A student.
"He was the most incredible little boy and loved by everyone who knew him," said a post on the GoFundMe page. "He brought light with him everywhere he went. We are devastated by his loss."
Seth also leaves behind a sister, Kristina, and a brother, Andrew.
The fire started just before 11 p.m. Thursday. Brighton Volunteer firefighters were inside the home for about a minute before having to evacuate as the building flashed over and became fully involved, investigators said.
The family released a statement Friday afternoon, which read in part:
"Seth was a beautiful caring boy who will be greatly missed - our entire family is in shock by this tragedy. We want to express our sincere gratitude for all the love and prayers that we have received and continue to receive. We also wish to thank the community and the fire and police services who have assisted us in this, our moment of need. Lastly, during this difficult time we would ask for privacy and continued prayers as we grieve our loss. At a future date we will provide information on Seth's funeral arrangements."
The superintendent of the Sweet Home Central School District released the following statement about the death of one of his students:
"Dear Sweet Home families, It is with profound sadness that I write this letter to let you know that one of our Glendale Elementary students was lost in a house fire yesterday – October 18th. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of our student. During this time as the school community processes the tragic news and copes with grief, the school district will offer counseling and bereavement support services to all of our students and staff at Glendale."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.