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Man rescued from City of Tonawanda fire as seven pets perish

A man was rescued from a porch roof and seven pets perished in a house fire Monday at 140 Delton St. in the City of Tonawanda.

Assistant Fire Chief Joe Briggs told The Buffalo News that firefighters responding to the blaze at 6:10 p.m. put up a ladder to bring the man to safety from the porch roof after he had been trapped upstairs.

He was the only person home at the time, Briggs said.

Two dogs and five cats in the house died, the assistant chief said, while four rabbits and another dog were rescued.

The Red Cross was providing help for the family and the SPCA Serving Erie County was assisting the pets, he said.

Briggs said damage was estimated at $75,000 to the building and $50,000 to the contents. He noted that one firefighter sustained a leg injury and was treated at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Briggs said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Tonawanda firefighters were assisted at the scene by the North Tonawanda Fire Department, the Sheridan Park Fire Department and the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company.

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