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One dies in Geneva fire

Geneva, N.Y. -- Two-dozen firefighters responded to a fire at 98 Andes Ave. early Wednesday morning in snowy weather.

One man, estimated to be in his 60s, died as a result of the fire, according to Geneva Fire Chief Michael Combs. The victim was pulled from the fire by firefighters.

"The crew that started going in the front and the back," Combs said. "They were going in with the thought that they would be looking for somebody."

Firefighters reported smoke coming from the first floor of the home and visible flames on the side window of the building.

The victim's identity has not officially been released, but his niece across the street said his name is Richard Davis.

"I go over there constantly to see if he's OK and stuff," said the victim's niece Dorlene French.

French said her uncle may have struggled trying to escape the fire because he was on oxygen and had a gas tank.

He was also known to smoke a lot, and French said he sometimes fell asleep while doing it.

The victim lived alone on the first floor in the house, which was divided into apartments.

Two people who lived in the upstairs apartment called 911 around 6 a.m. and got out safely. 

The Humane Society was also on the scene. Fire officials said the victim had four cats that also died in the fire.

The Geneva Fire Department, Geneva Police Department and Ontario County Fire Coordinators Office are investigating the blaze. There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.



 
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