Vehicles Crash, Then Catch Marilla House on Fire
October 10th, 2011|
October 10, 2011
Three people in Marilla, New York, were injured this morning when a car and a Jeep crashed, causing a nearby house to catch on fire.
The Buffalo News reports that the crash occurred when a westbound Dodge Avenger struck a northbound Jeep at the intersection of Bullis and Eastwood roads. Both vehicles veered onto a front lawn, where the Jeep tipped over and caught fire.
The Jeep’s driver, a 19-year-old from Alden, had to be removed from her burning vehicle by Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Weiss.
“I could see smoke,” Weiss said. “As I assessed it, more flames came out of the passenger compartment. At that point, I decided to take her out of the vehicle.”
Weiss also removed two Attica residents — an 18-year-old woman and 43-year-old woman – from the Avenger. An ambulance took everyone to Erie County Medical Center, where they’re being treated for minor injuries.
Meanwhile, flames from the Jeep spread to the nearest house, catching it on fire.
“It was just a pop and I ran out,” said homeowner Liz Breyer. “I opened my front door and there was a car near the porch and the girl was screaming, so you know we needed to call 911. They really needed to get her out because the car just went up in flames. I hope that she’s not hurt any worse [than we saw]. She was just scared.”
The homeowner, her daughter, and brother-in-law were able to exit the home through the back door as the fire melted the porch’s siding.
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