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More than 20 left homeless as fire destroys three North Buffalo homes

Three homes were destroyed Monday morning in a three-alarm fire in North Buffalo. More than two dozen residents were left homeless.

The fire started in a home at 91 Crestwood and quickly spread to the homes on either side, 89 and 95 Crestwood.

Seven-year-old Nore Aldridge, who lives at 95 Crestwood, suffered burns on her left arm and was taken to Women & Children’s Hospital for treatment. She was said to be in good condition.

Nore and her sisters – Aria Jones, 10, and Dahqua Cious, 16 – fled their home and went to a nearby convenience store on Hertel Avenue.

The girls’ mother, Shauncey Galarza, said, “My daughter told me that the house next door started the fire. I’m just grateful they got out OK. Nore has a little burn on her left arm.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The 2½-story homes at 91 and 95 Crestwood will have to be demolished, Division Chief Patrick Britzzalaro said.

Damages were estimated at $225,000 each to 91 and 95 Crestwood and $90,000 to 89 Crestwood.

More than 75 firefighters battled the blaze.

The original call was for a fire at 91 Crestwood Ave., a block west of Colvin Avenue and south of Hertel Avenue, but the blaze spread to the adjoining homes. High winds made the fire difficult to contain.

One Buffalo firefighter, Dave Smith, suffered smoke inhalation.

No one else was injured.

Firefighters searched for occupants in homes on each side of 91 Crestwood, but reported they found no victims in the houses.

News Staff Reporter Aaron Besecker contributed to this report.