The Niagara Falls Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fatal house fire at 716 Monteagle Street in the Cataract City.
The two female victims, a 34 year old woman and a 10 year old child, were found on the second floor during a search of the building after firefighters were initially driven from the structure due to heavy fire conditions which engulfed the second floor. A third female victim escaped the flames prior to fire crews arriving and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
The fire, which began about 1:15am, totally destroyed the structure. No cause has been determined at this time.