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Man who died in fire at Buffalo home identified as 63-year-old

One person is dead after they became trapped in a severe fire that ended up also destroying a Buffalo home.

BUFFALO, Iowa — One man died in a fire that severely damaged a Buffalo home on Friday afternoon, September 24.

According to the Buffalo Police Department, at about 2:05 p.m., first responders were dispatched to a house in the 800 block of 3rd Street after a severe fire broke out.

A coalition of responders from across the area arrived at the scene to find the building engulfed in flames, discovering that someone was trapped inside.

The fire's severe intensity and quick spread prevented responders from getting inside the building. It was later confirmed that the person died in the fire. 

Police identified the man who died as 63-year-old Bernard Gerischer.  

The blaze destroyed the home, leaving the building charred block and opening several holes in the roof. The fire was eventually extinguished by the Buffalo Fire Department, with assistance from Blue Grass and Walcott.

Another person was injured in the incident, and is recovering. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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