WATCH: Press conference on four-alarm fire

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield updated the public about a massive fire that occurred on the city’s east side Tuesday evening.

Whitfield updates media
Whitfield updates media

Whitfield said investigators have not determined the fire was arson, but they have not ruled it out. Whitfield said people have been detained for questioning in connection to the massive fire, but he couldn’t release any additional details.

WATCH | You can watch Commissioner Whitfield’s press conference in the included video.

“Every fire is suspicious in the city of Buffalo. That’s why we investigate them,” Whitfield said. “Every fire is suspicious until we determine a cause of origin.

“If someone set the fire, we’re going to pursue them from now on,” Whitfield said. “We’re going to never stop looking for the cause of origin of these fires.”

The four-alarm happened at an industrial building at 467 Howard Street. Whitfield said the caused an estimated $750,000 damage to the building, and $500,000 to its contents. It also impacted nearby properties.

A house about 10 feet away had an estimated $15,000 total damage. Other nearby homes had exposure damage. All of the scenes are under investigation, according to Whitfield.

Most people were able to return to their homes Tuesday night, however one family can return home when their power is restored.

One person suffered a shoulder injury while responding to the blaze, but there were no life-threatening injuries. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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