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Roof fire put out at VA hospital, but no injuries reported

Buffalo firefighters responded to a fire Thursday evening at the VA Western New York Healthcare Center off Bailey Avenue.

Buffalo Fire Department Commissioner Vincent Muscarella said the cause was some roofing materials that caught fire.

"We got to it very quickly," Muscarella said.

The estimated damage from the fire was $10,000 to the building and no damage to the contents of the building, because the fire was contained to the roof, he said.

"It did go to a second alarm, but it was pretty much cautionary," Muscarella said.

According to Evangeline Conley, a spokeswoman for the VA center, there were no injuries, nor did any patients or staff have to be evacuated.

"Full operations continued throughout, so that was a positive thing," Conley said.

She said the hospital received a call about 7:30 p.m. from somebody who said they noticed a flicker of flames on the roof of the building.

Hospital police investigated and when they identified the smell of something burning in the roof area, the Buffalo Fire Department was dispatched about 7:50 p.m., Conley said.

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