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2 Seperate Fires Keep Buffalo Firefighters Busy

Buffalo, NY - It was a busy early morning for Buffalo Firefighters as they fought two separate house fires.

Three adults and two children were had to find another place to stay after a fire broke out in their Rohr Street apartment just after 1:00am Wednesday morning.  Officials say the fire appears to have started on the first floor and jumped to the second floor.

Everyone made it out of the building alright, but at first, crews were worried about people possibly being trapped inside; after neighbors said there were people in the basement.

"We committed to a real aggressive interior search were the guys went in, even before we had water to make sure nobody was inside dying in the basement or first floor.  It turned out that report was well intentioned but incorrect.  There was nobody inside."  Buffalo Fire Division Chief Scott Barry tells 2 on Your Side.

Officials estimate the fire caused $30,000 in damage.  The cause is under investigation.

Later in the morning just before 5:00am, firefighters responded to the 300 block of Box Avenue.  There, they found a vacant home fully engulfed in flames.  Investigators think this blaze was started by an arsonist.

"We had fire going through the roof and coming out just about every window.  But, fortunately we didn't have houses on either side of this vacant house."  Barry said.

The Buffalo Water Authority had to boost the water pressure in the area to help the firefighters pour water onto the massive blaze.

Before firefighters brought the fire under control, a portion of the building collapsed.

The Buffalo Fire Alarm Office tells 2 on Your Side one firefighter suffered an eye injury.

Damage to the main home at 309 Box Avenue and a rear cottage at the same address, is estimated at $30,000. 



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