BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo firefighters responded to a house fire on Austin and Tonawanda Streets in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood Sunday afternoon. The fire chief decided to call in extra companies to work in shorter shifts due to the heat.
Buffalo Fire Department Division Chief John Mogavero told News 4 at the scene that the fire started in a second floor apartment. The fire quickly spread from the apartment to the attic.
Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to the back of the home or any surrounding buildings. The hot weather made conditions more difficult for the firefighters. Mogavero said, “You really got to worry about the guys working in these types of conditions. Not only is it the heat, it’s the humidity. When you’re inside a fire it really doesn’t matter, you’re just trying to cool off, and trying to rehab afterwards.”
A woman and two children who live in the apartment were not home at the time.
Estimated damage at this time is $50,000 to the structure, $15,000 to contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.