Buffalo home erupts in flame, spreads, prompting early morning firefight

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Multiple fire houses sent crews to respond to an early morning blaze that fully involved a Herkimer Street home.

Calls for help from firefighters rang out after 5 a.m. Wednesday on the 400 block of Herkimer Street near Bird Avenue. After crews rushed to the scene, the fire spread to another nearby home, prompting firefighters to work on the defensive.

“We came in with an aggressive, interior attack and had to evacuate,” Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said. “It immediately went to a second alarm.”

Fire jutted from the roof of one home as the house just next door appeared to be fully enveloped in flame. Crews evacuated nearby homes and pushed back residents for their safety as they jetted the fire with water.

At about 7 a.m., crews had the fires extinguished, but continued working to ensure no embers remained to reignite the wooden structures.

Whitfield said nobody suffered injury in the blaze; residents in each home were able to self-evacuate just before fire crews hit the scene.

Although no residents suffered injury, the homeowner of the most damaged home said wounds are emotional on Wednesday.

“My dad put over 20 years of work into this house, he passed away and it’s all we have left,” Angelo Incorvaia, the current homeowner, said. “My dad would want me to rebuild, so I’m just going to try to make enough money to rebuild it. Hopefully people will help.”

Red Cross officials say they’ve already sprung in and aided with victims of the fire, aiding 11 adults and children affected by the flames.

Both homes suffered immense damage, totaling about $290,000, and a nearby home suffered about $10,000 in damage.

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