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Man, 80, in critical condition after fire rescue in Town of Tonawanda

An 80-year-old man remained in critical condition after he and another family member were rescued Monday from a burning house by volunteer firefighters and Town of Tonawanda police, officials said late Wednesday.

Police were dispatched about 4:45 p.m. to the scene of the fire on Glenside Avenue and discovered Shantel Martin, 25, screaming for help from a second-floor bedroom window, police said.

Officers immediately attempted to enter the house but discovered that the doors were locked. After forcing the door open, the officers were turned back by heavy smoke and heat.

Volunteer firefighters from Brighton and Ellwood fire companies arrived soon after, and were able to safely rescue Martin from the house. A second victim, 80-year-old Harold Roberts, was found unconscious on the first floor of the house with burns throughout his body, police said.

Martin was transported to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation and later released. Roberts, who also was transported to ECMC, was listed in critical condition.

Two dogs also were rescued from the house and were held by police until other family members arrived to retrieve the pets.

The cause and origin of the fire was still under investigation Wednesday. Damage to the house was estimated at $85,000 to the structure and an additional $10,000 to its contents, police said.

The Red Cross was helping family with lodging and expenses.

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