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Dog rescued from North Buffalo house fire

A dog was rescued late Tuesday morning from a North Buffalo home that was extensively damaged by  fire, officials said.

Buffalo firefighters were called just before 11 a.m. to 29 Tillinghast Place, just east of Colvin Avenue, for a report of smoke coming from the two-story residence.

A neighbor saw the smoke and called 911 before another neighbor broke down the door with a baseball bat. A dog was heard barking inside but the neighbors said smoke was too heavy to go inside.

The fire started at the rear of the house and extended up both floors to the roof, said Buffalo Fire Division Chief Mike Biasillo.

The dog was found alive in a first-floor office by firefighters who handed it over to Buffalo police. The small, white dog, named "Daisy," was carried out in a crate and rushed by Buffalo police to a veterinarian with her overjoyed owner following.

Damage was listedat $100,000 to the structure and $35,000 to its contents. The cause remains under investigation. No injuries were reported and the  Red Cross was called to assist two adults living at the home.

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