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Would-be burglars thwarted by two dogs

Two dogs Monday afternoon chased away would-be burglars on Knox Avenue, Buffalo police reported.

Burglars broke into the home sometime between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. by entering through an outside door. Two dogs who live at the home forced the burglars into the basement, according to reports.

The burglars apparently attempted to befriend the dogs by offering dog biscuits, the homeowner told police.

Nothing was stolen from the house.

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Psychiatric Center building evacuated after fire

A building at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, 400 Forest Ave., was evacuated Monday morning after a small fire started on the second floor, fire officials said.

Authorities said a blaze ignited on the window frame in Building Four just after 3:30 a.m.

The fire caused an estimated $5,000 damage to the building and $500 to the contents.

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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 Monday 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 that flames were confined to the kitchen but that there was smoke damage throughout the house.

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