UPDATE: City Assesses Damage From Elmwood Ave. House Fire

BUFFALO, NY- The City of Buffalo estimated Thursday that damage to the home engulfed in flames Wednesday on the 800 Block of Elmwood Avenue stands at $400,000.

A City spokesperson said $300,000 makes up damage to the house itself. The other $150,000 accounts for the contents lost or damaged inside the home.

Meanwhile, the cause of the fire remains under investigation according to the fire chief. Wednesday night, Buffalo Fire Division Chief John Mogavero said "It appears to us right now that it was on the first floor somewhere around the porch area. That is as general as I can be right now until we start digging into it and really starting to get a good look."

Flames were shooting out of the old Victorian home Wednesday late afternoon, catching a neighborhood by surprise.

Joseph Sirianni said, "I think people are asking a lot of questions they're very inquisitive wanting to know what happened."

Buffalo Fire said the fire started at 6:33 p.m., and crews had a little trouble getting to the scene because of traffic.

The house is broken into four apartments, all residents were able to get out unharmed. Mogavero said a couple of firefighters suffered minor injuries. The City of Buffalo confirmed those injuries were minor and non-life threatening on Thursday.

"I could see the smoke plume all the way pretty much from Summer Street," Mogavero said.

The Red Cross is assisting four people.


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