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Fire above Seneca Street bar leaves one dead, friend hospitalized

A man died and a second man was hospitalized following a two-alarm fire early Wednesday that started in the second floor of a building on Seneca Street, near Zittel Street, Buffalo fire and police officials said.

The man who died was identified as Charles Drumm, 55, fire officials confirmed. He was taken to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other victim who was a friend of Drumm's was being treated for smoke inhalation at Erie County Medical Center. A Buffalo firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation and was released.

Drumm was staying with the friend in one of the apartments over the bar, officials said. Fire investigators said the fire did not start in that apartment. TJ Coffey's, a bar, is located on the first floor of the building.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Red Cross volunteers were helping four other people who were left homeless by the massive fire that spread from 2160 Seneca to two adjacent buildings.

The fire was reported just before 1:30 a.m. and spread to 2162 Seneca, a one-story building, and to 2156 Seneca, a two-story building. The fire destroyed 2160 Seneca, causing $400,000 in damage. It was scheduled for an emergency demolition as early as Thursday. The fire also caused $30,000 in water damage to each of the adjacent buildings.




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