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Nine people displaced following Kilhoffer Street fire

A fire early Wednesday morning on Kilhoffer Street left nine people homeless and extensively damaged the double-occupancy dwelling, according to the Buffalo Fire Department.

The fire was reported at 6:25 a.m., fire officials said.

Immediate emergency assistance was provided to the residents of the upper and lower apartments, said Jay Bonafede, chief communications officer for the American Red Cross.

“Food, clothing and lodging are being provided for nine people, seven adults and two children,” Bonafede said. “Caseworkers will continue to meet with them to determine future needs.”

The extended family that lived in the structure occupied both apartments, Bonafede said.

Fire officials estimate damages at $80,000 to the residence at 16 Kilhoffer and $20,000 to its contents.

A structure at 20 Kilhoffer suffered $20,000 in exposure damage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, fire officials said.

Kilhoffer runs off East Ferry Street, just west of Bailey Avenue.