Buffalo Firefighters battle multiple house fire

BUFFALO, NY-- Buffalo firefighters were called to battle four homes on fire on the city's east side Friday afternoon.

The homes on Dupont Street near Woodlawn were fully involved when firefighters arrived.

Viewers in the area sent pictures via Twitter to 2 On Your Side of the large flames and black smoke.

All the homes were completely destroyed. It's not known at this time what caused the fire.

Three of the four were occupied. No one was hurt. Damage is estimated at $380,000 for the four houses.

Neighbors described the scene like a volcano erupting. Tia Williams said when the fire broke out it was hard to make out what was going on because they couldn't see through the smoke.

Curious to see what was going on, many neighbors gathered around the scene to watch fire fighters put out intense flames from the outside of the structures with equipment.

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said, "there was a tremendous amount of heat, the heat came all the way across the street here and melted some of our equipment and so it was a very difficult fire."

Neighbors said one of the homes was vacant and that the residents moved out of it recently. At a press briefing, the media asked the Fire Commissioner if the fire originated from this home. Whitfield said, "there are some preliminary reports about that and our fire marshals are here on scene interviewing persons about where the fire started and the circumstances around that."

The three other households have been displaced and are being cared for by the Red Cross of WNY. The spokesperson tells 2 on your side the families were given hotel vouchers for the night.

Total, there was $380,000 worth of damage. The four destroyed homes have been barricaded off, while the investigation of the cause continues.


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