Niagara Gazette — The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the man found dead inside a burning Lewiston home early Sunday morning.
The body of James McIntyre, 85, was found after the Lower River Road fire had been extinguished.
No new details on the fire or its cause were released Monday.
Police attempting to rescue McIntyre were driven back by heavy smoke when they arrived on the scene of the burning home.
The Sheriff’s Office says it received a call about 2:15 a.m. of a house fire at 4702 Lower River Road. The caller said an elderly man was possibly still inside the home.
Lewiston police and sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene and attempted to enter the structure several times but the smoke was too heavy.
Lewiston No. 1 Fire Department responded to the scene with assistance from Upper Mountain, Youngstown, Sanborn and Ransomville fire companies to extinguish the fire.
On Sunday, the structure was said to be a total loss.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.