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Garage fire spreads to 2 houses in Cheektowaga

A firefighter was hospitalized with an injury and at least eight people were left homeless by a fire Sunday in Cheektowaga, officials said.

Pine Hill Hose volunteer firefighters were called at 3:51 p.m. for a report of fire in the garage behind 30 Long Ave., north of Genesee Street near the Cheektowaga-Buffalo city line, said Chief Leonard Luh.

The fire soon spread to that house and a neighboring house, he said.

A firefighter suffered an injury, possibly a shoulder injury, when the ceiling collapsed on him in an area between the second floor and attic, he said. The firefighter was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

The fire was brought under control in about an hour, Luh said.

The garage and a vehicle inside were declared a total loss, while the home at 30 Long sustained about $100,000 in damage, he said. Other vehicles in the driveway were also damaged. The neighboring house sustained between $50,000 and $70,000 in damage, he said.

Other fire companies, including Cleveland Hill, Sloan, Hy-View, Rescue, Forks, U-Crest and Snyder were called to the scene as mutual aid.

The Red Cross was notified to assist at least eight occupants of the two houses.

The cause of the fire was under investigation by fire investigators from the Cheektowaga Police Department.