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FIRE HITS 3 HOMES; OCCUPANT, 3 FIREFIGHTERS TREATED

Buffalo fire officials are investigating an East Side house fire that also damaged the homes next to it.

The two-alarm blaze started at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday at 19 Holland Place and quickly spread to 15 and 21 Holland Place.

An occupant of 19 Holland Place, a single-family home, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with possible smoke inhalation and maybe a burn on his hand, fire officials said. His name was not immediately available.

Three firefighters were hurt fighting the blaze and were taken to ECMC for evaluation.

Chawniqua Johnson, 26, of 15 Holland Place, was not home when the fire broke out, but she arrived as firefighters still were trying to extinguish the flames.

"My brother-in-law told me that he saw the guy (from 19 Holland Place) run to the back. When he looked out front, all he saw was fire," Johnson said, adding that no one was home at 15 Holland Place.

Officials estimate that 19 Holland Place sustained $50,000 damage and $25,000 in damage to the contents, while 21 Holland had $10,000 damage. Meanwhile, 15 Holland Place had $50,000 building damage and $50,000 content damage. Both 15 and 19 Holland Place are scheduled for emergency demolition, fire officials said.

EAST RANDOLPH WOMAN, 20, DIES IN FALL AT ZOAR VALLEY

A 20-year-old woman from East Randolph fell approximately 150 to 200 feet to her death in Zoar Valley on Sunday night, after losing her footing on a narrow pathway, State Police at Perrsyburg reported today.

State troopers, with the help of Gowanda and Collins rescue teams, recovered the body of Lindsey Pedacchio, after responding to an 8:25 p.m. cell phone call from two male friends who had been with her. The accident happened on Point Peter Road in the Town of Persia.

The two friends told troopers that the three of them went to Zoar Valley for the day to swim. While on their way back home to Randolph, they stopped at a parking area on Point Peter Road to view the valley. While walking to the lookout point, Pedacchio, who had never been to Zoar Valley, lost her footing and fell, police said.

State Police are continuing to investigate the accident.

FIRE AT TRANSMISSION FIRM IN LACKAWANNA PROBED

The Erie County Sheriff's Department is investigating a fire that broke out around 6 p.m. Sunday in the Transmission Exchange, 333 Ridge Road, Lackawanna.

The fire gutted the interior of the building, with the damage estimate expected to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Lackawanna fire officials said today.

Fire officials arrived at the large industrial building to find smoke billowing from inside, said Lackawanna Fire Capt. Gary Strzelczyk.

MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY HURT IN CRASH ON ELMWOOD AVENUE

A 45-year-old North Tonawanda man was listed in critical condition this morning after his motorcycle was involved in a crash at 8:45 p.m. Sunday with a car on Elmwood Avenue near Hertel Avenue, Buffalo police said.

Michael J. Hulbert, of Sweeney Street, was being treated in the Erie County Medical Center's intensive care unit.

The driver of the car, Andrea N. Ende, 17, of Fowler Avenue, Town of Tonawanda, was charged with failure to yield the right of way. She was treated in Kenmore Mercy Hospital for minor injuries.

Northwest District officers said Ende was traveling south on Elmwood when she turned east into a driveway, cutting in front of Hilbert's motorcycle.

MAN STABBED IN CHEST DURING ROBBERY ATTEMPT

A Buffalo man was stabbed in the chest during an attempted robbery early today as he walked along a bike path on Tonawanda Street, police said.

Robert S. Williams, age unknown, of Royal Avenue, was being treated in the Erie County Medical Center for a stab wound to the right side of his chest.

Northwest District Police said Williams was in the 400 block of Tonawanda, near Riverside Park, at about 12:30 a.m. when he was approached by two men wearing dark clothing.

Police said one of the men stabbed him and broke off the handle, leaving the blade inside the victim's chest. No arrests have been made.

BUFFALO MAN IS STABBED AT MAIN AND GLENWOOD

A 23-year-old man was stabbed in the lower back Sunday morning at Main Street and Glenwood Avenue, police said.

Vernon Jefferson, of Strauss Street, was treated in the emergency room of the Erie County Medical Center and released.

Northeast District officers said the stabbing occurred at 3:36 a.m. No arrests have been made.

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