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Red Cross assists families displaced by three-alarm fire on Clark Street

The Red Cross is helping 13 people in two families after a fire in a vacant home early Wednesday on the city’s East Side became a three-alarm blaze that damaged four other homes.

The blaze at 102 Clark St., spread to three houses on Paderewski Drive and another on Lombard Street, according to the Buffalo Fire Department alarm office. The fire was reported at 3:17 a.m.

Three of the five homes affected by fire were occupied.

The 1½-story building at 102 Clark sustained $50,000 in damage.

The damage to the 2½-story homes at 327 and 329 Paderewski occurred in additions in the rear of the homes, which were vacant, the alarm office said. The homes themselves were occupied. The buildings sustained $50,000 and $25,000 damage, respectively.

A vacant home at 333 Paderewski sustained $20,000 in damage. The occupied, 1½-story home at 117 Lombard sustained $7,000 in damage.

No injuries were reported. A family of four, consisting of three adults and a child, and a family of nine, consisting of one adult and eight children, received assistance from the Red Cross.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. The vacant home on Clark where the fire started is slated for emergency demolition.

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