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Residents say Fire Officials Told Them Not to Evacuate

BUFFALO, NY - Smoke clouds were billowing out of the city's Eastside Tuesday evening. 2 On Your Side is learning more about the investigation into the cause of a fire that officials say could have been intentionally set there.

The flames tore apart a warehouse on Howard Street. The owner of the warehouse tells 2 On Your Side that the fire was intentionally started by someone he knows, but that hasn't been confirmed by police.

Officials say a cause is all part of their ongoing investigation.

Also on Tuesday, we're learning that some residents who live near the warehouse weren't allowed to leave their homes. According to some residents, we spoke to they were forced to actually inhale smoke from that fire, while they were still in their homes.

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Eastside Fire Under Investigation, Arson Not Ruled Out

BUFFALO, NY - It's possible that the massive fire on Buffalo's east side Tuesday, may have been intentionally set. From a distance, the only thing people could see was a warehouse engulfed in smoke and flames shooting out of the building.

"Over here it was all smoky, you couldn't see a house or nothing over here, only thing you could see was the building on fire," said Lamar Rucker, a Buffalo resident who lives two doors down from the warehouse.

Catholic Charities Children’s Services to Host Free Session on Foster Parent Process Nov. 18

Catholic Charities of Buffalo invites parents, families and individuals residing in Erie County who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent to attend an introductory information session Nov. 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. at 525 Washington St., Buffalo.

Catholic Charities provides foster care services to children of all ages, racial and ethnic groups who cannot live safely in their own homes or need to be placed in the permanent care of a loving family. The children under foster care may have special physical, emotional or psychological needs, and may include siblings who should be placed together. There is currently a specific need for homes to foster adolescent children ages 12-18.

Financial support, a clothing allowance and medical coverage are provided to families.

The final information session for 2014 will take place on Dec. 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.

Buffalo firefighters battle 4-alarm fire

BUFFALO, NY-- Buffalo Firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire on the city's east side.

Firefighters were called to 463 Howard Street for a commercial building on fire. Additional crews were brought in to help fight the fire.

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said embers from the fire on Howard Street may also be responsible for house fires on Metcalfe and Thomas.


Whitfield says they are not sure what is in the building at this time. Fire investigators are on the scene looking into a cause. So far, no injuries have been reported.

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Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen College will begin offering courses next spring for a new master of social work (MSW) degree, which will include a concentration in the high-demand practice area of children and families, making it the first MSW program offered at a private college in Western New York.

The New York State Department of Education has granted approval for Daemen to offer the MSW degree that’s designed to provide advanced training for experienced professionals and students with a background in liberal arts who are looking to further or begin their education in the field.

New Winter Market on Hertel to Open on Nov. 22

New Winter Market on Hertel to Open on Nov. 22



A new indoor farmers’ and food producers’ market will open inside the new 3,000-square-foot home of The Pasta Peddler and Blackbird Sweets, located at 1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, on Saturday, Nov. 22. The 20-week market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 4.

Buffalo PD patrol car in rollover accident on Route 33

BUFFALO, NY - A Buffalo Police Department patrol car was involved in a rollover accident on the Kensington Expressway (Route 33) at about 4 p.m. Sunday.

The accident happened in the the westbound direction at the Grider Street exit.

A witness said he was driving eastbound and saw the accident happen. He told us he saw the patrol car exiting the highway at Grider and then try to get back on, crossing a grassy median and then flipping over. The car ended up on its roof.

He said the emergency lights were not on when the accident happened.

Buffalo Police spokesperson Mike DeGeorge told us the female police officer who was driving the squad car was taken to Erie County Medical Center with injuries that appear to be minor.