Fire marshals are continuing an investigation into a blaze last week at an unlicensed Oxford Avenue rooming house, where a resident died hours after being rescued, authorities said Wednesday.
Edward Hinton, 55, found unconscious, was taken from the third-floor of the 3½-story, wood-frame house at 108 Oxford by Rescue 1 Firefighter Ed Courtney and Lt. Michael Seltz and then rushed to Erie County Medical Center shortly after 3 a.m. Friday.
Authorities said Hinton died later that day. Ten other residents managed to safely escape the blaze.
And though Hinton ended up dying, Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. said Courtney and Seltz were to be commended. “They worked very hard to get Mr. Hinton out of the house,” the commissioner said.
According to the most current city real estate records, the house is owned by Betty Calhoun and is registered as a multiple dwelling for apartments. Fire officials said that with 11 residents, the building qualified as a boarding house and did not have a license to operate as one.
That circumstance, officials said, remains under investigation as does what caused the fire, which started on the second floor and spread to the third floor and attic.