Batavia Police release name of fire victim
Submitted by Howard Owens on September 17, 2009 - 9:28am
UPDATE: The victim has been identified by Batavia Police as Gary Horner, 58.
Officials are still trying to contact the family of a man killed in a 3 a.m. fire on Dellinger Avenue.
His name has not yet been officially released.
The initial call of the fire came in at 3:08 a.m. when a passerby reported hearing firm alarms and could smell smoke.
Firefighters arrived at 5 Dellinger Ave. at 3:10 a.m.
Firefighters performed an initial search of the second floor apartment and found a male occupant in the bedroom. He had apparently succumbed to injuries by the time he was found.
Four occupants of the lower apartment were evacuated safely.
WBTA interviewed one of the lower apartment residents, Ella Morrison (MP3).
The building is owned by David Ferry of Buffalo.
The fire caused an estimated $15,000 damage to the building and $5,000 damage to contents.
The cause remains under investigation.
Photo courtesy The Batavian's news partner, WBTA.
Previously: Man dies in fire on Dellinger Avenue
UPDATE: We are aware that another news organization has reported the name of the victim. It is the policy of The Batavian, as well as our news partner WBTA, not to release the names of victims of fatal fires and accidents until authorities have confirmed that next-of-kin have been notified.