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Erie County

After a terrible couple of days for one of Buffalo's most well-traveled blocks, there is a small but significant reason to smile. Burt and Loni have been found. Burt and Loni are the cats of Michael Bernhardt, who lives at 1076-1078 Elmwood Ave., next door to 1074 Elmwood, which burned almost entirely following a massive fire early Wednesday morning. Bernhardt awo…

Erie County

Elmwood Avenue will be closed between Bird and Forest avenues at 8 a.m. Thursday due to an ongoing investigation, the Buffalo Police Department announced. Early Wednesday morning, a fire engulfed 1074 Elmwood, sending three men to the hospital and leaving one tenant of the house unaccounted for. The house was demolished later Wednesday morning. Officials urged driver…

Buffalo

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…

Erie County

The McKinley Mall will not open until noon Thursday due to a fire in the storage room in the New York & Co. store. No one was hurt in the fire, according to Town of Hamburg Emergency Services Manager Sean Crotty. New York & Co. will be closed indefinitely; other nearby stores were affected, Crotty said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The cal…

Erie County

No one was injured and three vehicles were destroyed in an early-morning house fire in East Amherst which caused an estimated $400,000 in damage, according to Amherst Fire Control. Five fire companies battled the blaze at 40 Muegel Road, which was reported via a 911 call at 1:13 a.m. Wednesday. A fully involved garage fire spread into the home, according to East Amhe…

Erie County

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…

Local News

A Wyoming County storage building sustained an estimated $1.25 million in damage following an explosive fire early Saturday morning, according to the Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services. Firefighters arrived at 4608 School Road in the Town of Gainesville at around 12:45 a.m. to find the 110-by-56-foot storage facility "totally engulfed in flames with multiple ex…

Local News

A Niagara Falls man rescued by firefighters was in stable condition Tuesday morning in the intensive care unit at Erie County Medical Center. Firefighters on Monday night carried the 44-year-old man out of the third-floor unit of an apartment building at 930 Niagara Ave., according to the department and the firefighters' union. The blaze in the three-story building, …

Local News

A Lockport house was destroyed, a dog was found dead and two other dogs were presumed dead in a two-alarm fire Thursday night, according to the City of Lockport Fire Department. The blaze at 294 Plank Road, south of Old Niagara Road, was reported at 8:52 p.m. The homeowner had "a large amount of ammunition" stored in the home, which began to detonate as the home burn…

Local News

The Barker Public Library and Barker Village Hall were destroyed by fire overnight, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Both the library and Village Hall were located in the same building at 8706 Main St., Barker. "The entire building is a complete loss," stated the sheriff's office report. There were no injuries. According to the Sheriff's Office…

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Apartments above the Perry Bowling Center suffered $200,000 in damages Monday afternoon due to a fire, according to the Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services. The fire was caused by an electrical short in the wall of a second-floor apartment, officials said. The main fire was in the second-floor apartment wall and spread to the large attic area above the apartment…

Amherst

A house fire in Getzville on Christmas night caused an estimated $175,000 in damage, according to Amherst Fire Control. The blaze at 116 Old Farm Circle was reported by the homeowner at 10:18 p.m. Tuesday. He called 911 and told a dispatcher his fireplace was on fire and the blaze had extended into his kitchen, according to Amherst authorities. Volunteers from the Ge…

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A fire in a wood stove chimney drove a Niagara County couple and their pets out of their Royalton home late Saturday night, but no one was injured and firefighters put out the blaze. One of the owners of the home at 8152 Telegraph Road reported a fire in the wall behind the wood-burning stove in her house at around 10:33 p.m. She and her husband were able to evacuate wi…