The flames and smoke billowed into the street, sending bystanders into a panic. Despite the efforts of dozens of firefighters and law enforcement personnel, one firefighter went missing in the blaze.
Hours later, the grim discovery was made that the missing firefighter had been found dead inside the burning commercial building.
The video of the fireball and the partial collapse that captured the firefighter’s death quickly circulated on social media and gained worldwide attention.
The identity of the fallen firefighter has not been revealed, but the Buffalo community feels the loss deeply. Fire Commissioner William Renaldo believes that a backdraft likely caused the blaze, which occurs when oxygen is “sucked into the building and blown back.
“The situation quickly deteriorated, and firefighters had to evacuate to escape the collapsing interior. Despite the heroic efforts of the firefighters, the blaze also destroyed another shop in the area, including a costume shop called “DC Theatricks.”
Chris Jacobs, a state senator and congressman, own the building where the fire occurred. He expressed his sorrow over the loss of the firefighter, stating, “I’m so incredibly saddened by the loss of this great firefighter and my condolences to his family.”
Jacobs was more concerned about the fate of the missing Buffalo firefighter than the severe damage to the building he acquired just before Christmas.
The Main Street building where the fire occurred was “very unstable” throughout the day, which hindered efforts to recover the firefighter.
Mayor Byron Brown announced that an emergency demolition of what is left of the building has been ordered and could start as soon as Wednesday evening.
The Buffalo community feels the tragedy of the missing firefighter’s death, and the city is asking for prayers during this difficult time.
The fallen firefighter’s sacrifice will never be forgotten, and his family and loved ones are in the thoughts and prayers of many.