Investigation of fatal fire continues

Updated: Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009, 7:21 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009, 7:21 AM EDT

* Jericka Duncan
* Posted by: Emily Lenihan

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Investigators are expected to be back on the scene Wednesday morning, of the fire that claimed the life of two Buffalo firefighters.

Two days after the fatal fire that killed Lt. Chip McCarthy and firefighter Jonathan Croom, investigators still aren't sure what sparked the flames, or whether a third person might have died.

Searchers brought in a cadaver dog and a dog specializing in accellerants to sweep the demolished building Tuesday.

"I know somebody's there, and he didn't get out, because the smoke almost choked us," said Hamood Abdulla.

Abdulla was in the building at the time of the fire.

Abdulla believes the person he and another witness heard screaming might have been a robber.

"I told him 'can I help you?' He said, 'yes please help me,' " Abdulla said.

Fire Commissioner Michael Lombardo says it's looking more and more like McCarthy and Croom might have gone into the building searching for a person who wasn't there.

"If it turns out no one's in there it doesn't diminish one bit what they did or their sacrifice of what they did," said Michael Lombardo.


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