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>Man held in firebombing that injured five

An 18-year-old Hartman Avenue man has been charged with firebombing a Shaffer Village apartment two weeks ago, injuring one woman and four children -- one of them a 10-month-old baby girl.

Anthony Hammonds is accused of hurling a Molotov cocktail through the front kitchen window of the home at 21 West Lane at about 4 a.m. Nov. 28, according to police, fire and federal investigators.

A fierce blaze broke out at the two-story Riverside apartment. Firefighters rescued 18-year-old Keisha Croom and her two infants from the second floor. All of them had been overcome by the heavy black smoke from the fire.

Croom's two little sisters -- Ashanti Smith, 12, and Donzhae Smith-Howard, 11 -- jumped out of a second-story window to escape the encroaching flames. Their mother, Lynne Smith, and her son, Ruben Smith, 4, escaped without injury.

David DeJoe, agent in charge of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office in Buffalo, declined to reveal the motive for the firebombing or if there was a relationship between Hammonds and any of the seven victims.

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>Seven guns stolen in home burglary

A Riverside Avenue home was burglarized and seven guns were stolen, the owner reported to Buffalo police Wednesday.

The burglary of the home, in the 200 block of the street, was discovered by the owner's son. There was no sign of forced entry,and the owner's dogs were home at the time of the apparent break-in, according to police reports.

Seven long guns, valued at about $2,000, were taken, police said.

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