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Girl, 16, in ICU after Tonawanda fire

A 16-year-old girl suffered severe smoke inhalation in a house fire in the City of Tonawanda on Monday afternoon, Fire Chief Charles B. Stuart said.

Firefighters called to the scene on Summit Street, between Delaware and Dexter streets, shortly after 4:30 p.m. received reports of individuals possibly trapped inside the burning home.

The girl's older brother was in the basement and heard his sister coughing and yelling from the first floor, where the fire started. He was able to pull her to a rear door of the house, where he handed her to a police officer, Stuart said.

The girl was taken by ambulance to Oishei Children's Hospital where she was admitted to the intensive care unit, Stuart said. Her condition was not known Tuesday morning, but she was expected to recover, he said. The brother, whose age was not available, also was treated for smoke inhalation.

Damage from the fire was estimated at $80,000. The cause remains under investigation.

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