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2 adults, child dead in East Utica Street fire

First responders say they believe the fire started with a car outside the building, then quickly spread into the residence on the second and third floors.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Fire Department says three people have died in a fire that happened early Friday morning.

Officials say three people, including two adults and a young child, died following the Friday morning fire at 57 East Utica Street.

A 25-year-old man, 28-year-old woman, and a 1-year-old child died in the fire.

Firefighters responded to the fire on East Utica Street between Michigan Avenue and Main Street around 2 a.m. Initially, it was unclear if there was anyone inside the building.

First responders say they believe the fire started with a car outside the building, then quickly spread into the residence on the second and third floors.

The BFD Division Chief on the scene told 2 On Your Side that the building may have to be demolished, but a final decision wouldn't be made until crews finished extinguishing hot spots.

Investigators estimate that the fire caused about $180,000 in total damage.