BUFFALO, N.Y. — A 7-year-old boy has died in an early-morning fire that destroyed his house and displaced his parents and several siblings.
Fire Commissioner Vincent Muscarella says the fire, reported shortly before 3 a.m. Monday, is believed to have started in a first-floor bedroom and spread quickly through the two-story house and attic.
The cause is under investigation.
The victim, one of six siblings, was found in the kitchen. The boy’s parents, Joseph and Lisa Conti, and their other children escaped serious injury.
Common Council Member Richard Fontana says the 7-year-old victim, Anthony, was a student at Buffalo Public School No. 43.
Neighbors are collecting donations of money and goods for the family, whose house will be demolished once the investigation has concluded.