Child rescued from Lyons fire in critical condition


LYONS, N.Y. (WROC) – The child who was rescued from a house fire over the weekend is in critical condition according to the family.

Multiple fire crews responded to a house fire in Lyons on Route 14 on Saturday at around 10 a.m.

A go-fund-me page has been set up under the account, Bennett Fire Fund. Details on the page said a family of five was displaced after the incident and the youngest child is in critical condition.

According to Lyons Fire Chief Bob Darcangelis, a mother and one of her children were able to get out of the house. Firefighters entered the home and removed a second child from the second floor.

Mercy Flight was called to airlift both children to Strong Memorial Hospital.

“We had heavy smoke and fire on arrival,” said Phil Darcangelis, Lyons Assistant Fire Chief. “We were trying to make a rescue with heavy smoke and fire conditions. It was hard to get in.”

Officials say the house was over 100-years-old, which helped the fire spread quickly. The house is located in a rural area and there were no fire hydrants nearby. Firefighters had brought in water tankers to fight the blaze.

“The first couple of guys inside the fire had no water or no source of rescue for themselves if it got bad,” Zachary Aunkst, Lyons Assistant Fire Chief, said.

“Just so many difficulties having multiple agencies and multiple trucks on the road. You have to set a fill site. You can only fill up one truck at a time. So it was just a time-consuming process.”

Chief Phil Darcangelis says one firefighter did suffer from smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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