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Fire causes heavy damage at GameStop store in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS — The Niagara Falls Fire Department was called to a fire just before 6 p.m. Wednesday at a GameStop store at 6690 Niagara Falls Blvd.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but investigators said it started in a rear storeroom where office and cleaning supplies had been stored.

Crews were able to put out the fire in about 15 minutes, but in that time the heat and smoke had spread throughout the small concrete-block building, destroying inventory such as games, consoles and controllers. Firefighters were at the scene cleaning up the scene for several hours. On Thursday morning work crews were attempting to salvage what they could and to reopen the shop.

“The structure is usable, but there was a lot of smoke damage in the front area. The fire got going pretty good,” said Fire Chief Thomas Colangelo.

Everyone was able to safely evacuate and no injuries were reported. Damage to the building was listed at $30,000 but the value of the lost inventory has not been determined.