Woman dead, boyfriend and daughter burned in suspicious Manhattan Ave. house fire

A woman was dead, her 7-year-old daughter suffered burns to her feet and the woman’s boyfriend who was severely burned was called “a person of interest” by police Thursday morning following a suspicious fire at a two-story house on Manhattan Avenue.

The woman’s mother identified her as Elisabeth Bell, 28.┬áPolice have not said what caused Bell’s death.

The woman’s boyfriend, identified by police sources as Frank Bredt, 29, was in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center. Bell’s family said they saw him on fire inside the house and he ran down the street.

Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said at an 11 a.m. news conference that no one is in custody at this time although the department tweeted earlier Thursday that one person was in custody. The homicide unit is investigating but Bell’s death has not yet been ruled a homicide, Rinaldo said.

A city fire marshal said the fire was caused by a person and that flammable accelerants were found at the scene.


Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased and injured.

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