BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Four houses went up in flames Friday afternoon on Buffalo’s east side, destroying three and damaging a fourth.
Firefighters were called to a two-alarm fire on DuPont Street, near Woodlawn Avenue, around 1 p.m. By 2:20 p.m. the situation was deemed under control.
Fire crews say the blaze began at 84 DuPont, which the tenants had just moved out of on Thursday. Arson investigators were on the scene for hours, but have not yet determined what caused the fire.
Four structures were involved in the fire, at 82, 84, 86 and 88 DuPont Street. The stiff wind quickly spread the flames from one house to another and sent heavy smoke billowing into the air. Three of the homes were destroyed and a fourth was damaged by the flames.
The extreme heart from the four burning homes stretched across the street and burned some of the grass.
“It was a tremendous amount of fire load here, four houses, a tremendous amount of heat, radiant, came all the way across the street here, melted some of our equipment,” said Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield.
Six people have been left homeless by the blaze. The Red Cross is helping these families.
Spokesman Jay Bonafede said, “They all have vouchers now for food, clothing and a hotel. That’ll get them through the weekend and then we’re going to have them come in and meet with our caseworkers on Monday, and they’ll be able to talk with them about what we can do to help them out more long term, whether it’s something we provide or a program we can refer them to as close to their pre-disaster state as we can.”
Luckily, no one was in any of the homes when the fire began, and no firefighters were injured fighting the blaze.
Whitfield said, “I’m just always amazed and thankful for the work of the men and women on the Buffalo Fire Department. They work very hard to protect life in the City of Buffalo. I don’t think people realize how hard their work is, but we’re very proud of what they do and very thankful for the cooperation of the neighbors who stayed back, stayed out of our way and let us do our jobs here.”