Father of boy who died in Buffalo fire was not supposed to be on premises

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB-TV) - An official document says the father of the boy who died during a house fire in Buffalo was not supposed to be on the premises.

The fire, which happened Monday morning, resulted in the death of seven-year-old Anthony Conti.

His father, Joseph Conti, accidentally started the fire, according to police. There is an order of protection against him saying he cannot be at the house or near his wife, Lisa.

Joseph Conti was charged with second-degree harassment after an incident at the home on New Year’s Eve.

A court document says Conti was accused of spitting on and arguing with his wife.

News 4 was told Joseph lit a cigarette with a blow torch at the home on Benzinger St. before putting the blow torch on his bed.

The mattress caught fire, and the fire spread throughout the house.

“Sure enough, I go in my room, and my whole room was blazed, and I just started trying to put the bed out,” Joseph said. “I tried putting blankets over it and I — there was just nothing I could do. I was getting burned. I was inhaling flames.”

Anthony was found outside his bedroom. Paramedics tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. His organs are being donated.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no charges have been filed and the fire is being ruled accidental.

Head over to our affiliate, WIVB-TV for updates.


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