Person critically injured trying to save pets in house fire on Westside Drive

One seriously injured after fire in Chili

One seriously injured after fire in Chili

CHILI, N.Y. — One person is fighting for their life following a house fire in Chili

Firefighters say that person went back inside the house to try and save the family pets.

The Gates Fire Department responded to the fire around 11:30 a.m. Saturday along Westside Drive near Coldwater Road. They got there within four minutes of the first 911 call and found the center unit of a three-family town home in flames.

Five adults were able to make it out safely, but one went back in to try and get the pets and is now facing life-threatening injuries at the hospital. Three dogs made it out and are currently being watched by their neighbors.

It took firefighters about 60 minutes to knock down the flames.

“We are going to be finding alternate means for them to spend the night — it looks like the middle occupancy is going to be uninhabitable at this time,” said Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Goole with the Gates Fire District. “At this time I’m unsure of the two other occupancies.”

Firefighters are still investigating to see what may have started the blaze.

A fundraiser has been set up to help the family.