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At least 50 firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in a large Fillmore Avenue house early today, displacing nine residents from three apartments and damaging a first-floor delicatessen.

The fire began about 1 a.m. in a 2 1/2 -story house at 1365 Fillmore, at East Utica Street, spreading from the second floor to the attic.

One woman and her four children in one apartment, a woman and two children in a second apartment and a man in a third were made temporarily homeless by the blaze, said fire officials and the owner of the house.

Fire officials were unsure how many people were in the house at the time but said those at home made their way out unharmed. No injuries were reported.

Hafez Rizek, owner of H&R Market deli on the first floor, said the store sustained minor water and smoke damage. In addition, some food that requires refrigeration went bad because electricity was cut to the house. Rizek said he would soon reopen after assessing damage.

"In the store there's not much damage, but in the building there's a lot of damage," Rizek said. "There's a lot of damage in the apartments."

Investigators had not determined a cause as of this morning, but it is not believed suspicious, Capt. Edmund Courtney said. Fire officials estimated damages at $38,000.

Firefighters contained the flames to the second floor and attic, with the roof sustaining much of the damage. The fire was declared under control by 1:21 a.m.

Residents of the house were assisted by the Greater Buffalo Red Cross Chapter and relatives, officials said.

"The lady last night took her children and left," Rizek said of the mother of four. "I don't know where she's going."

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