BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Fire erupted in an apartment building on Oxford Avenue early Friday morning, leaving the residents with nothing.
When News 4 crews arrived on the scene, smoke and flames were pouring out of the apartment home. Firefighters rushed to get everyone out safely.
“I was on the second floor and I came through the hallway and I saw orange flames and smoke and people were saying stay down low,” said Abraham Sabur.
Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said, “We have one resident that was severely injured. He was rescued and taken to ECMC. One firefighter also suffered burns on his arms. He also was transported to the hospital.”
The early morning fire started on the second floor of the Oxford Avenue home then spread to the third, causing the roof to collapse.
Many neighbors woke up to the sound of fire alarms and smoke. One says that at first they weren’t sure what was going on.
Eugene Williams said, “When I woke up I heard the fire alarm. I didn’t really think it was that serious. But when I opened my door I saw the smoke and I was overwhelmed with the smoke and I had to come out on the fire escape.”
Now all that is left of the home are charred wooden beams. Firefighters worked for hours trying to put out the blaze and hotspots. They also ran into some challenges.
Whitfield said, “A very difficult fire to fight. As you can see its a very narrow street. One of the challenges we had was to get the apparatus to the fire. So our guys literally had to move one of the cars. Pick up one of the cars and move it out of the way.”
The damage is estimated to cost $255,000. The fire commissioner says the home is likely a total loss. Eleven people have been left without a home.
Investigators are trying to determine what caused this destructive fire.