BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — 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 sources.
News 4 has learned there is an order of protection against Joseph Conti, saying he was not allowed at the home on Benzinger Street.
An official document says he was charged with second-degree harassment after 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 of his bedroom. Paramedics tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. His organs are being donated.
A wake for Anthony will be held on Friday and a funeral service will be held the following day.
No new charges have been filed and an official cause of the fire has not been determined. Joseph met with investigators on Wednesday. Authorities say he is cooperating.
This was the second time the Conti family had been through a house fire. Back in 2004, the family’s Gold St. home caught fire. The cause of that fire also remains undetermined.