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Two firefighters injured battling Cedar Grove duplex fire

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries in a fire that heavily damaged a duplex in the Cedar Grove neighborhood in Cheektowaga Saturday afternoon.

“It was a doozy,” said Cleveland Hill Volunteer Fire Company Chief Joe Lewis.

The fire started on the right side of the duplex at 3 Brookhaven, went into the attic and spread across to the apartment on the left side of the house. No one was home at the time the fire was discovered shortly after 2 p.m., although firefighters did rescue a dog from one of the apartments.

“It was very hard to fight the fire because it was up in the attic,” Lewis said.

He said one firefighter suffered an electrical shock inside the house, and a ceiling fell on another firefighter. Both were taken to Erie County Medical Center and released early Saturday evening, he said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Lewis said it does not look to be of suspicious. The families are staying with friends or relatives, he said.

About 35 firefighters from Cleveland Hill, U-Crest, Pine Hill and Rescue battled the fire.