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Rash of area fires keep Red Cross busy over last four days

Buffalo firefighters responded to a small kitchen fire Sunday morning on the 200 block of Langfield Drive. The blaze, reported just after 10 a.m., caused about $8,000 in damage. The cause remains under investigation.

Fire also damaged a home Saturday night in the Village of Forestville in Chautauqua County.

That blaze broke out just after 8 p.m. on Cedar Street in the village, located within the Town of Hanover. There were no injuries reported.

Members of the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team determined the fire started in a wall-mounted electrical outlet box. The fire spread onto a bed and later throughout the home, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said.

Residents were assisted by volunteers from the Red Cross, which has helped 20 other people by responding to six other blazes in Western New York since Thursday.

The organization responded to three fires on Thursday - one on Monroe Street in Buffalo where one adult was assisted; one in Dalton in Allegany County where two adults and five children received assistance; and another in Jamestown where an adult and two children were helped.

The Red Cross also responded to two other fires on Saturday - on Coit Street in Buffalo where one adult received help; and another in Attica, where four adults and two children received assistance.

On Sunday, the Red Cross responded with assistance to a fire on Ashley Street in Buffalo, where two adults were helped.

The Red Cross has launched an initiative dubbed the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, aimed at joining fire departments and community groups in installing free smoke detectors in homes. To schedule an installation, call PearlieMae Hargro at 878-2356 or pearliemae.hargro@redcross.org.