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Fireplace ashes cause fire in Amherst

Carelessly discarded fireplace ashes caused a $50,000 fire on Roycroft Boulevard in Amherst early Friday, town fire control reported.

The fire at 265 Roycroft was reported about 2:30 a.m., and the Snyder Fire Company reported knocking down the fire within 11 minutes, confining damage to the exterior walls of the garage.

The fire caused $35,000 damage to the structure and $15,000 to its contents.