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Buffalo (NY) Firefighters Rescue Occupants from Fire

By Kevin Brautlacht

Buffalo (NY) firefighters rescued several occupants of a apartment building after a fire broke out shortly after 1 p.m. at 459 Fillmore Avenue.

First-arriving Engine 3 reported a two-story apartment complex with fire showing and people hanging out the windows. While still enroute, the responding Division Chief requested a second alarm be transmitted.

Crews quickly advanced hoselines and threw ground ladders to the second floor balcony and removed the occupants to safety. The fire destroyed an apartment on the second floor and caused smoke and water damage to several others.

At least one civilian was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the apartment of origin.

Electrical service was disrupted to the area after power lines in the rear were burned by the fire venting from the windows of the apartment. Crews used four 1 3/4-inch and one 2 1/2-inch handlines to fight the fire.

Damage was listed at $200,000 to the building and $75,000 to the contents.

See more pics from this fire HERE.

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