Demolition was underway at a historic building on Sycamore Street in downtown Buffalo Wednesday morning after firefighters battled a blaze there for over three hours, fire officials said.
The fire was reported at 68 Sycamore St., between Elm Street and Michigan Avenue. 68 Sycamore and the adjacent 72 Sycamore St., both among the city's oldest buildings, were rooming houses and date back to the 1840s. They were contemporaries of the Michigan Street Baptist Church, which played a key part in the Underground Railroad.
The blaze was first reported just after 3 a.m. and rose to a two-alarm fire. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Michigan Avenue was closed between Broadway and Genesee Street as firefighters battled the blaze.