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Three tenants escape Lockport fire

LOCKPORT – Fire destroyed a two-family home Sunday night on Prentice Street, the Lockport Fire Department said.

The two-alarm blaze at 48 Prentice, between Hawley and North Transit streets, was reported at 8 p.m.

The fire started the rear of the building in a downstairs bathroom and spread into the attic, the fire department said. All occupants in both apartments made it out safely.

Lockport Fire Capt. Joseph Prica issued a second alarm for assistance in ventilating the roof to alleviate the extreme heat, the fire department reported. Mutual aid was provided by the South Lockport Volunteer Fire Department. It took two hours of “intensive labor” to fight a “stubborn fire,” added the report. The fire was found to be well-advanced and spread through the walls of both apartments and into the attic space.

The fire fighting was reportedly hampered by high heat and humidity, as well as a large amount of rubbish inside the upstairs apartment.

The fire and police crews left the scene of the Prentice Street fire at midnight. Three tenants were uninjured and seeking shelter with friends and family, the fire department said.

Damages were listed at $40,000 to the structure and $12,000 to contents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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