Fire Investigator Injured in Fall at N.Y. House Fire

Investigator Steve Meerboth fell through a floor.

July 01--An Erie County Sheriff's Office fire investigator fell through the second floor of a West Seneca home early today when he was attempting to determine where and how a blaze started in the residence, authorities said.

"We're praying it's only minor," Undersheriff Mark N. Wipperman said of initial reports that Investigator Steve Meerboth suffered non-life threatening injuries, adding that circumstances of the fall are not entirely clear.

Meerboth was being evaluated at midmorning in the emergency room at Erie County Medical Center.

Residents of the house on the 800 block of Union Road were not home at the time of the fire, which occurred at about 4:30 a.m. An investigation into what caused the fire was continuing.

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