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Thursday night's rainstorm was so severe that Buffalo firefighters had to save some stranded motorists – with their rescue boat. The area's record rainfall Thursday led to flooding in the viaduct at Tonawanda and Niagara streets, where two cars became submerged. Firefighters helped rescue the occupants of one vehicle with some creative use of their truck's ladder, wh…

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Buffalo fire officials have determined that two early Thursday morning vacant structure fires on the same street were both cases of arson. Officials initially said both fires were "appear suspicious in nature" and that they were investigating whether the fires, at 61 Imson St. and 130 Imson, are related. The first fire occurred at 61 Imson just after midnight; fire i…

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A two-alarm fire Friday that started in a residence in the first block of Kensington Avenue displaced 18 residents and caused an estimated $280,000 damage to two buildings, according to a spokesman for the Buffalo Fire Department. The fire started on the first floor of 79 Kensington Ave. Buffalo firefighters responded to the call just before 6:25 p.m., said the spokesma…

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Two Buffalo firefighters were injured Wednesday while battling a two-alarm fire in the first block of Johnson Street, according to a spokesman for the Buffalo Fire Department. The extent of the injuries to the firefighters was not available. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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Ten people are being assisted by the Red Cross after an early morning fire on Genesee Street that police believe was started by someone who ignited the building with a Molotov cocktail. The suspected arson at 2255 Genesee, close to the city line with Cheektowaga, was reported around 2:40 a.m., according to a Buffalo police report. A Red Cross spokesman said volunteer…

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A man rescued by Buffalo firefighters from a Roslyn Street apartment fire early Saturday morning has died, according to Buffalo police and fire spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. The 29-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was declared dead at Erie County Medical Center, fire officials said. A 33-year-old Buffalo man who also was rescued from the fire rema…

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A Buffalo firefighter was treated at Erie County Medical Center following a house fire Thursday in the first block of Peterson Street, according to a spokesman for the Buffalo Fire Department. The fire, which firefighters responded to at 7:15 p.m., displaced several adults and a child who were being assisted by the Red Cross, the spokesman said. The fire caused an es…

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A house fire Thursday on Eller Avenue caused an estimated $1,000 in damage, according to a spokesman for the Buffalo Fire Department. Spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said the fire started in a space heater. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remained under investigation, DeGeorge said.

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All residents made it out safely from a blaze that did extensive damage to a residential structure in the Broadway-Fillmore section of Buffalo Monday afternoon, according to Buffalo Fire Department officials. The Buffalo Fire Department battled the fire at 197 Playter St., a 2 1/2-story building, for about 45 minutes before it was deemed under control, according to radi…

A house fire Friday at 146 Breckenridge St. caused an estimated $60,000 in damage, according to a spokesman for Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown. Michael J. DeGeorge said Buffalo firefighters were called to the scene just before 6:30 p.m. No injuries were reported, but four people who escaped the fire inside the 1 1/2-story wood frame house were being assisted by the Red…

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A fire Wednesday that started on the second floor of a vacant two-story building in the 200 block of Amherst Street, near Churchill Street, caused an estimated $10,000 in damage, according to a spokesman for Mayor Byron W. Brown. Michael J. DeGeorge said firefighters were called to the scene at about 7 p.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was stil…

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Two Buffalo firefighters were injured fighting a fire Tuesday evening in the 1300 block of Kensington Avenue near Orleans Street. Both firefighters were treated at Erie County Medical Center and released, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, a spokesman for the Buffalo Fire Department. No other injuries were reported. Occupants of the 2 1/2-story wood frame house were e…

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As Engine 33 of the Buffalo Fire Department battled an intense fire in the attic of an East Side home Thursday night, a firefighter became separated from his hose, disoriented and couldn't find his way out. He tried to press the "man-down" button on his portable radio but was unable to. He took his gloves off in an effort to activate the button but could not, causing se…

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An adult and four children were displaced Monday following a kitchen fire at a house on Oakmont Avenue near Bailey Avenue, a Buffalo Fire Department dispatcher confirmed. The fire started at about 9:30 p.m. The cause was still under investigation Monday. The estimated damage to the building was $25,000 and $5,000 to the contents of the building. No injuries were repo…

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A garage fire spread to three houses Friday at East Ferry Street and Colorado Avenue, causing a total of $250,000 damage. The fire started at about 6 p.m. in a detached garage near the 1200 block of East Ferry and spread to the accompanying house, as well as two nearby homes on Colorado Avenue, according to a Buffalo Fire Department dispatcher. No injuries were repor…