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>Fire at Hoover School causes brief evacuation

Pupils at the Hoover Elementary and Middle School complex in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District were evacuated briefly Tuesday after a fire in the school cafeteria kitchen.

There were no injuries, said School Superintendent Steven A. Achramovitch.

The fire, at about 11:45 a.m., started in a clothes dryer used to dry aprons and towels, Achramovitch said.

After receiving the 911 call, Town of Tonawanda police requested assistance from all the volunteer fire companies in the town and companies in Amherst.

Elementary school pupils were evacuated to Kenmore-West High School, and those at the middle school were taken to Kenmore East. All were transported by Ken-Ton school buses.

"We were given clearance to allow the students back [at the Hoover Elementary and Middle School complex] at 1:30 p.m.," Achramovitch said.

"They'll be cleaning and ventilating the building and will be ready for the kids [this morning]," he added.


>3 juvenile boys charged with arson in house fire

Three juvenile boys were charged with arson Monday night after they set a vacant Ruhland Avenue house on fire, Buffalo fire investigators reported.

The fire was started at about 8 p.m. in a two-story wood-frame house at 7 Ruhland. Damage was estimated at $25,000. Emergency demolition of the house was planned.

The three boys are scheduled to appear in Family Court, police said.


>Buffalo girl, 15, charged in stabbing of 2 teens

A 15-year-old Buffalo girl was charged Monday night with stabbing two teenage girls -- including one who was seriously injured -- on Lisbon Avenue, police said.

Lauren Cobb, 16, of Lisbon Avenue, was listed in fair condition Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center with multiple stab wounds.

The second victim, Rodnesha Cole, 16, of Kensington Avenue, suffered a stab wound on her right arm. Rural/Metro Medical Services paramedics treated her at the scene.

The attacker, who was not be named because of her age, was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

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