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DAMAGE IS $300,000 FROM FIRE AT RESIDENCE

Damage was estimated at $300,000 Friday following a fire at a Shawnee Road home in Wheatfield, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Multiple callers to 911 reported the fire at 6889 Shawnee Road at about 3 p.m., deputies said. Firefighters from the Shawnee and Wendleville fire companies reported flames coming from the south side of the home; it is believed the fire started in the kitchen area and isn't considered suspicious.

Homeowner Mahmud Hashmi wasn't home at the time, deputies said.

Damage was estimated at $200,000 to the structure and $100,000 to its contents, deputies said. An investigation continues by the Niagara County Origin and Cause Unit.

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