At approximately 520hrs this morning, Platoon 3 under the Command of Assistant Chief Tom Croop and Captain Brandon Werth were dispatched to a reported structure fire on 3rd Ave.
The Box Alarm assignment of Engine 4, 6, Truck 1, Rescue 1 and Car 10 responded.
Engine 6 arrived first due and confirmed a working fire.
Command reported advanced fire conditions with heavy fire throughout a 2 story balloon frame structure and an exposure problem on the #2 side with the fire well extended into the exposure structure.
All off duty manpower was requested to the scene as well as Engine 7 and a FAST Team from the City of Tonawanda Fire Dept.
Crews immediately advanced handlines into the building of origin as other crews worked into the exposure.
During search and fire attack operations, a deceased male was found in the home of fire origin. Residents of the exposure home were able to evacuate.
As operations continued, a defensive attack posture was taken up in the primary fire building. Defensive streams were operated and Truck 1 went airborne for an elevated master stream as extensive fire conditions in the attic area persisted.
Crews in the exposure home were able to knock down the fire and gain the upper hand.
The fire scene was deemed under control after 3 hours of firefighting efforts.
Extensive overhaul and cleanup was required with the NT DPW assisting on scene.
The house of origin is a total loss.
All companies were cleared just after 1130am.
The North Tonawanda Fire Investigation Team is investigating.