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Charges pending in apparent Buffalo arson investigation

Fire investigators say it appears someone threw a Molotov cocktail into the home on Breckenridge Street. Six people, including two children, made it out safely.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A house fire broke out Wednesday morning on Breckenridge Street, between Plymouth Avenue and Barton Street. 

The fire began around 5:30 a.m., and Buffalo Fire crews were on scene shortly after it was reported. Investigators say it appears someone threw a Molotov cocktail into the home, and they believe the incident was domestic in nature.

Six people, including two children, made it out safely and are being helped by the Red Cross. 

"Our volunteers went to the scene, met with the family and determined what their immediate needs are," Red Cross regional communications officer Jay Bonafede said.

Three people were taken to Oishei Children's Hospital to be checked out, and a Buffalo Police officer was taken to Erie County Medical Center with smoke inhalation.

Abdallah Abdallah lived in the upper level of the home. He was in Ohio for New Year's Eve when his home went up in flames.

"I said, 'Yeah, what happened?' He was telling me the house had a fire in it so everything's gone, everything's burned," he said."I feel really bad because I got everything in the house. I got everything in there, so the way you see me now, I don't even have anything to change (into)."

Abdallah says he's left with many questions.

"I don't know exactly what happened or who did it, no," he said.

Two persons of interest are being questioned by fire investigators at this time in connection with the incident. Charges are pending.

Damage was set at $240,000.

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