Search finds no remains of 3rd Buffalo fire victim

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Fire investigators spent Tuesday searching a burned-out convenience store where two Buffalo firefighters died a day earlier, but found no evidence anyone else was inside.

A 911 caller reported someone banging on a wall and yelling for help early Monday morning, leading firefighters to rush in and search the burning store. Lt. Charles McCarthy Jr. and firefighter Jonathan Croom died after falling through the collapsed first floor into the basement.

Their bodies were removed several hours later, but no civilian victim was found.

Cadaver dogs were led through the rubble Tuesday, but Commissioner Michael Lombardo said crews found no human remains.

The fire is believed to have started in the basement of the two-story brick building. The cause remains under investigation.

Separate funerals for the firefighters have been planned for Friday at St. Joseph's Old Cathedral in Buffalo. The funeral for McCarthy is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Croom's will be at 1 p.m.

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