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Dishwasher blamed in Amherst house fire

A dishwasher left running after the homeowner left home was blamed for a fire that caused $100,000 damage to a Brooklane Drive home this morning, Amherst fire officials said.

Volunteer firefighters from Snyder, Eggertsville Hose and Getzville responded to a 7:36 a.m. alarm at 125 Brooklane, after a neighbor saw smoke coming from the roof and heard the smoke detector.

The Snyder Fire Department discovered the fire in the kitchen. Because the neighbor wasn't sure whether anyone was home, crews searched the house to make sure no one was trapped. Fire officials later learned that the homeowner, Bernadette Webb, was not home.

Snyder Fire Chief Allan Brown said flames were confined to the kitchen, but there was smoke damage throughout the house.

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Police say burglary suspect got personal in his spree

Imagine the horror when you walk in the front door, realize you've been burglarized and find that the burglar has used your shower, your deodorant and your shampoo.

Worse yet, the burglar has changed into your clothes and left his worn-out garments behind. Your cash and checks also have been stolen.

Buffalo police said that these were the characteristic moves of Stacey Fuller, 38, a city man believed to be responsible for 12 to 15 recent burglaries in Allentown and the Delaware Avenue and Elmwood Avenue areas.

Fuller was arrested last week and charged with two counts each of burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Detectives said Fuller often revisited targeted homes a second time.

"He would go up the fire escape or through an open window, shower in your apartment, use your personal hygiene, eat your food, and he'd steal quick cash, small items and checks. Then he'd cash the checks at the bank," said Detective Edward Cotter.

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