Eleven people, including 10 children, were taken Friday morning to Buffalo hospitals after suffering injuries in a large fire at 112 Massachusetts Ave. that spread to two adjacent houses, Buffalo fire officials said.
Most of those taken to the hospital were treated for smoke inhalation, but two of the children suffered minor burns in the blaze, Division Chief Patrick Brittzalaro said.
Five families from three homes were left temporarily homeless by the fire.
Buffalo firefighters began battling the fire on Massachusetts Avenue, near Prospect Avenue, after it was reported at 6:43 a.m. Friday.
Raine Manuel, a refugee from Burma who lived at the 112 Massachusetts home, said her two children were burned escaping the blaze. She said she had returned home after dropping off her husband at work when her son noticed the fire.
Neighbor Ramon Vasquez said the flames were shooting from the house out as far as the street, and houses on both sides of 112 Massachusetts also caught fire.
Hidekel Rodriguez, who lives in one of the adjacent houses, said he was sleeping when he heard a girl scream, "Fire!"
Buffalo Fire Department estimated the damage to 112 Massachusetts Ave. at $240,000, with damage to the two adjacent homes estimated at $160,000 and $120,000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Arson has not been ruled out as a cause.
Buffalo News reporter Maki Becker is at the scene, covering the fire live through Tweets.