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Neighbors rescue boy, 5, from fire that killed dad

Friday - 6/27/2014, 10:30am  ET

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Two neighbors are being credited with saving the life of a 5-year-old boy whose father was killed in a fire at their Buffalo apartment.

Officials say the fire broke out around 6 p.m. Thursday in a second-story apartment on Buffalo's east side.

Fire officials say Lewis Varner Jr. and his son Dwayne rescued the boy from the blaze that killed 56-year-old Tony Mills.

Lewis Varner tells local media that he saw the boy standing in a second-floor window and told him to jump so Varner could catch him. But the boy said he was afraid, so the Verners got a ladder from their home and rescued the boy.

Firefighters pulled Mills out of the burning home, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The fire's cause is under investigation.


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