Man in guarded condition after house fire on Merrydale Drive

Updated: December 13, 2019 03:15 PM
Created: December 12, 2019 06:19 PM

GATES, N.Y. (WHEC) — A 91-year-old man is in the hospital in guarded condition after a house fire with heavy smoke on Merrydale Drive.

The Gates Fire Department responded to the scene after multiple calls from neighbors about flames and a person trapped around 6 p.m.


Firefighters say two people were at home at the time of the fire. They found 91-year-old Elwood Snyder near the front of the home during the search. A woman was inside the house as well, but she was able to get out. One of the calls came from her.

Neighbors like Chuck Lown reported seeing flashing lights, and then smoke and flames.

"It's scary it's scary, you don't know where it's coming from, or what's happening,"  Lown said.

Neighbor Matt Deutcher said he could see the smoke from his home, which was around the corner on Cheshire Lane.

"I just pray that the person will recover soon, and be okay," Deutcher said.

Snyder was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Gates Ambulance, where he remains in guarded condition.

The fire took about half an hour to get under control, something that Chief Allen Bubel of the Gates Fire Department is praising.

"They got in here quick, they got here quickly, got into the house quickly, conducted a rescue within minutes of arrival, and got two or three hands on the fire and got that knocked down," Bubel said.

There is substantial fire damage to the garage, and the home suffered damage as well.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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