A 17-year-old Oakfield-Alabama High School student died this morning as a result of a house fire in the Town of Batavia, Genesee County.I don't know of the family personally.
Judy Clark, 41, the homeowner, and her 15-year-old son Michael Mooney escaped the burning structure, according to Genesee County sheriff’s deputies. Clark told firefighters that her other son, Erik Mooney, was still inside, possibly in a second-floor bedroom.
Firefighters found Erik unconscious at the top of the stairs. He was taken to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia for treatment and was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later, firefighters said.
The mother said she heard the smoke detector on the first floor, suggesting to me that alarms in the bedrooms were nonexistent or nonfunctioning. Who knows how many older homes are out of code.
It's annoying here when the stove gets hot enough to trigger all the smoke alarms but, well, it's a test at the same time.
Most nights I'm too tired to lay everything out "just in case" but you never know and I need to make being prepared simply a habit, part of the bedtime routine.
"Batavia teen dies in fire; mother, brother escape" - Buffalo News, 05/30/08.
"Teen dies in Batavia house fire, 2 family members escape" - Democrat & Chronicle, 5/30/08.
"Fire Kills Teenager in His Western New York Home" - WKBW, 05/30/08.
"High School Student Killed in Batavia House Fire" - R News, 5/30/08.