BUFFALO, N.Y. — A 27-year-old woman is dead and her boyfriend is being treated for severe burns after an early morning house fire on Manhattan Avenue Thursday.
Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo confirmed the city's arson and homicide teams are working together to investigate the incident.
Buffalo Fire Lieutenant James O. Otwell, commander of the department's fire investigation unit, said the fire is considered "incendiary," adding that K9 units found positive hits for accelerants on the second floor of the house, where the fire started and was contained.
Rinaldo also confirmed that the victim's 29-year-old boyfriend, was found in a neighboring backyard and was taken to ECMC to be treated for his burns. That man is considered a person of interest in the situation.
He added that officers are stationed near the man's room at ECMC in order to talk with him as soon as possible.
The victim's seven-year-old daughter was taken to Oishei Women and Children's Hospital to be treated to burns on her heel and has been released to her father, Rinaldo said.
The cause of death for the 27-year-old woman has not yet been confirmed. No names are being released yet until notifications are made.
Otwell also said there were several exotic pets found in the house, including a large snake, at least two ferrets, a turtle and at least one cat and dog. Firefighters were able to save the dog's life by administering CPR; one ferret was killed.
The fire broke out on the second floor of the house around 3:30 Thursday morning.
A woman who lived in the house said she woke up to her grandchild screaming that she was on fire.
At least four other people were also inside of the home at the time and have been displaced by the fire. The Red Cross is assisting.