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An emergency demolition was ordered for a Black Rock warehouse that was gutted by fire early Wednesday, according to Buffalo city officials.

The order for demolition came Wednesday, hours after the four-alarm fire ravaged the old manufacturing warehouse at 260 Chandler St. once Buffalo Weaving & Belting Co. -- sending flames shooting through the roof and causing two explosions. About 100 Buffalo firefighters battled the fire, which ignited about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

On Wednesday evening, firefighters were still extinguishing hot spots in the ruins of the sprawling complex. Officials speculated that the demolition would begin Thursday afternoon at the earliest.

Officials, still investigating how the fire began, suspect it was set deliberately.

The cost of the demolition is about $747,000, said North Council Member Joseph Golombek Jr.

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