BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Firefighters rushed to the scene of a Buffalo convenience store on East Delavan Avenue Friday night after hearing reports of a person trapped inside.
Roughly six firefighters broke into the burning building, intent on finding the person inside. During the search, the fire continued to grow and debris in the Save $ Plus convenience store trapped firemen inside.
The trapped units called “Mayday”, signaling firefighters were in distress in the store, filled with smoke and flame. Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said Buffalo Fire was lucky to get all the firefighters out safe and sound.
The fire, which broke out just before 8:30 p.m., spread enough that crews were forced to fight a defensive battle, jetting the building with water from above.
What’s left of the building is a charred shell — Whitfield called it a total loss, with damages in the neighborhood of $200,000.
Before the fire police say two suspects, one armed with a gun, entered the store and demanded money. The suspects, described as wearing dark clothing, made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
That robbery and the fire remains under investigation. Police and fire officials interviewed bystanders and witnesses with the hopes of learning the cause of the blaze.
Whitfield confirmed arson is not yet ruled out.