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Woman in fair condition after Lockport house fire

LOCKPORT - A City of Lockport woman whose house was heavily damaged in a Monday night fire was listed in fair condition Tuesday in the intensive care unit at Erie County Medical Center.

Patricia A. Remick, 59, of 10 Ashley Place, was taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight after the two-alarm fire that did an estimated $59,000 damage to her home.

Lockport Fire Chief Patrick K. Brady said the woman was helped out of the two-story house by her daughter and was found on a neighbor's lawn, where she received initial treatment from Lockport police officers and a Twin City Ambulance crew. She was treated in Eastern Niagara Hospital before being transferred.

Brady said he had no information on the extent of Remick's injuries.

Meanwhile, a second alarm was sounded, as the initial response of six firefighters was boosted to 23.

Brady said the neighborhood is very congested. "There's less than 10 feet in between houses, so the fact that the neighboring homes received only smoke and water damage is a tribute to the guys' hard work," the chief said.

The first fire crew, led by Assistant Chief Thomas Lupo, arrived at 9:37 p.m., three minutes after the alarm was sounded, and found the entire front of the house engulfed in flames.

Live electrical lines burned through and fell into the street, complicating the situation. A New York State Electric & Gas Corp. crew was called to de-energize those downed wires. In the meantime, residents of the neighboring homes left their houses, and the South Lockport Fire Company was placed on standby duty.

The fire was declared under control and 10:17 p.m.,  and was fully extinguished at 11:50 p.m.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.



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