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Fire strikes office building in Old First Ward

Firefighters rushed early Saturday to the scene of a fire inside a small office building next to the historic Barrel Factory in Buffalo’s Old First Ward.

The fire was reported around 5:40 a.m. in the one-story building at 65 Vandalia St., according to fire officials. They said the flames caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the structure and $30,000 in damage to the contents before being brought under control.

The building shares a parking area with the Barrel Factory, which is dominated by the multilevel brick structure that lies within Hamburg, Republic and Vandalia streets. The Barrel Factory has seen new life as its owners have worked to revitalize it and draw new tenants.