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Two overnight fires in Buffalo force eight people from their homes

Two fires about 10 blocks apart on Buffalo’s East Side overnight left a total of eight people temporarily homeless and caused an estimated $275,000 damage, Buffalo fire officials reported Monday.

The Red Cross was called to assist a total of five adults and three children routed from their homes.

The first fire was reported at 11:05 p.m. Sunday at 513 Riley St., between Jefferson Avenue and Humboldt Parkway, south of East Utica Street.

The blaze broke out on the first floor and extended into the second, leaving an estimated $175,000 damage to the home and contents, fire officials said. The Red Cross assisted four adults and three children.

At 5:16 a.m. Monday, firefighters responded to a fire at 254 Strauss St., south of Genesee Street, two blocks west of Fillmore Avenue. The fire left an estimated $100,000 damage, while the Red Cross was called to help one adult.

The causes of both fires remain under investigation.