Lackawanna firefighters at the scene of the massive fire at the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

A thermal imaging camera helped Lackawanna firefighters recently find and rescue a 28-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son from a fire in their Ingham Avenue apartment, said Lackawanna Fire Chief Ralph Galanti.

Now, thanks to a donation from Hazmat Environmental Group, a Lackawanna-based company, the Lackawanna Fire Department will be getting two more thermal cameras.

The fire on April 22 routed at least 20 people from the apartment house at 97 Ingham, sending seven people, including a 6-month-old infant, to the hospital.

"Without the camera, it would have taken longer to find them," said Galanti. "Thermal imaging cameras are invaluable."

"A lot of time you can't see the fire because of all the smoke," said Galanti. "With the cameras, you can see images and better locate people. It also can keep firefighters from entering into a dangerous situation."

The donated thermal imaging cameras are valued at $2,750 each.

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