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NEWFANE — An early-morning fire Wednesday sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries and caused extensive damage to a Newfane residence.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., the Newfane, East Dover, and West Dover fire departments responded to 73 Adams Hill Road and were met with heavy fire on the side of the structure outside the first floor apartment.

An investigation revealed that one of the occupants awoke to the sound and smell of a burning fire outside the residence. When he looked out of the bedroom toward the front door, he observed heavy fire in the breezeway. This doorway was the occupants' only way to get out of the apartment. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to this area without any further damage to surrounding property. Fire had spread through the roof line and into the second floor apartment ceiling area.

Two of the occupants, Robert Black and Casey Savage, were taken to the hospital by EMS and eventually to Boston to a burn unit for treatment of serious burns.

The structure suffered extensive damage, estimated to be approximately $25,000.

The fire is not considered suspicious at this time, but the cause is classified as undetermined. Electrical and natural causes were ruled out. Investigators could not rule out the improper discarding of smoking materials into the surrounding area which contained lightweight combustible materials.

Anyone with any further information is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Tom Williams at the Rutland Barracks or call the Arson Tip Award Line at 1-800-ARSON. If information is provided that leads to an arrest, up to $5000 could be awarded.