Father Dies After Carrying Daughter, 8, Out of Burning Home


A man who carried one of his children out of a burning house and went back inside to rescue others was one of two people to die in the fire, authorities in western New York said Friday.

Relatives identified the father as 24-year-old Demetrius Johnson. He carried his badly burned 8-year-old daughter from the two-family home in Buffalo shortly after 4 a.m. and died after returning to the lower apartment where his 1- and 3-year-old sons and their mother also lived.

A man on the second floor also died.

A firefighter found the 3-year-old near where the father died and carried the child out, Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said at a news conference.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.


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