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A two-alarm fire Saturday morning caused more than $230,000 in damage to a building on Prospect Avenue, plus another $35,000 in exposure damage to two nearby structures. The blaze in the 400 block of Prospect began at about 10:30 a.m., apparently on an upper floor, according to fire investigators and Buffalo police. The cause is still under investigation. The America…

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A maintenance garage in DeVeaux Woods State Park in Niagara Falls was declared a total loss in a fire early Thursday morning, Falls Fire Chief Joe Pedulla said. The barn-style, wood-frame building – built in the 1800s and used to store maintenance equipment for the three state parks in the area – was completely engulfed when the first firefighters arrived shortly after …

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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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Batavia firefighters rescued one person from a house fire early Thursday and another person escaped by jumping from a second-floor window, according to the Batavia Fire Department. Firefighters received reports of persons trapped inside the home at 13 Hutchins St. just before 3 a.m., the department said in a news release. Firefighters arrived three minutes after rece…

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A man who came to a Niagara Falls fireworks stand while smoking a cigarette started a small fire when he discarded his cigarette near a portable toilet, according to a police report. An employee of Keystone Fireworks outside Marco's Pizza, 8529 Niagara Falls Blvd., told police the man walked up at about 6 p.m. Wednesday and was told he could not smoke near the fireworks…

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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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, …