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HOME HIT BY $75,000 FIRE FACES EMERGENCY DEMOLITION

Fire officials requested an emergency demolition this morning following a blaze that left $75,000 damage to a 2 1/2 -story frame home at 81 Doyle Ave.

Firefighters responding to a 5:16 a.m. alarm found the house fully involved when they arrived on the scene. The fire left $50,000 damage to the occupied house and $25,000 to its contents.

Two firefighters were injured in fighting the blaze, but both were treated at the scene.

Residents of apartments flee $150,000 Days Park fire

The Red Cross was called to assist residents routed from a fire that caused an estimated $150,000 damage to a five-story apartment building at 74 Days Park this morning.

Firefighters responding to a 12:43 a.m. alarm found a blaze that started on the second floor. While fire investigators have not pinpointed a cause, they believe it was accidental, and they're eyeing both an extension cord and a space heater in their investigation.

The fire left $100,000 damage to the building and $50,000 worth to the contents.

Child's 911 call in Amherst leads to arrest of mother

A 4-year-old girl called 911 to ask where her mother was over the weekend, and Amherst police found two young children living in "utter disarray" when they responded to the Allenhurst Road apartment, police reported today.

Officers found soiled diapers and discarded chicken bones in the apartment, along with bleaches, cleansers and sprays within reach of the girl and a 1 1/2 -year-old child, according to police reports.

The girl made the call about 8:20 a.m. Saturday, about two hours before the mother returned home. Ebonee T. Rice, 21, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The two children are staying with relatives, police said.

Damage put at $3 million in smoky warehouse fire

A fire in a large Wehrle Drive warehouse-office building early today left more than $3 million damage, mostly from smoke, but a fire-sprinkler system and quick response by Main-Transit firefighters kept the damage tab from being higher, Amherst fire officials said.

Volunteer firefighters responding to a 1:31 a.m. alarm at the Iful Distribution Center at 1955 Wehrle Drive found the one-story building filled with heavy smoke and discovered a fire in the rear warehouse. One activated fire sprinkler held the blaze in check, and firefighters quickly extinguished the remaining fire with hose lines.

Fire officials estimated $50,000 damage to the structure and $3 million in smoke damage to the contents.

Motorcyclist hurt in Orleans as vehicle hits guardrail

ALBION -- A motorcyclist was injured Sunday afternoon when she lost control on East Lee Road in the Town of Clarendon and hit a guardrail, Orleans County sheriff's deputies said.

Jennifer L. Roberts, 26, of 46 High St., Brockport, was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, where she was in satisfactory condition today.

Three charged with using a BB gun to rob man

Three men with a BB gun were arrested Sunday and charged with robbing a man at Lafayette Avenue and Baynes Street, police said.

The victim said one of the men got out of a a car just before 1 a.m. and stuck a gun in his face, demanding money. The man took about $30 and fled.

A car matching the description was stopped at Niagara and Georgia streets by police and a BB gun was found under the driver's seat. The victim later identified the car and the gunman.

Zoron Smith, 21, of Potomac Avenue; Antonio Leach, 18, of Barton Street; and Juan Martinez, 17, of Massachusetts Avenue were charged with first-degree robbery.

Man leaving work struck by car on Niagara Street

A Mariner Towers man man suffered two broken legs Sunday night when he was struck by a hit-and-run car on Niagara Street.

Francisco Borges, 69, had just left his job at Rich Products and was crossing the street when the northbound vehicle struck him at 7:15 p.m.

Two police officers were nearby when the call went out and assisted the victim, who was taken to Erie County Medical Center. He was in fair condition early this afternoon.

Police are looking for a midsized, four-door, burgundy-colored car that was in need of a wash. Witnesses are urged to call the Accident Investigation Unit, 851-4537.

Five boys accused in theft of lumber from stopped train

Five South Buffalo boys were arrested Sunday afternoon after they were spotted unloading lumber from a stopped train along the Route 219 Thruway exit south of the Ridge Road bridge, West Seneca Police report.

Police said the five, all 15 years old, said they were going to use the 2-by-4s to build a fort.

They had unloaded about 100 pieces of lumber when a passing motorist called police on a cell phone about 4:15 p.m.

The boys were ordered to appear in West Seneca Youth Court.

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