BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Fire crews in Buffalo spent hours working on a two-alarm fire at a two-family home on Moselle Street near Woodlawn Avenue as the sun came up Friday morning.
Buffalo officials said one woman was in critical condition with severe burns after a four-person crew rescued her from the home. The 30-year-old was taken to ECMC for treatment.
The scorching fire began to melt the compressed air tanks of one of the firefighters during the rescue.
Another 30-year-old, this one a man, was taken to ECMC after walking out of the home with severe, but non-life threatening injuries.
Also during this time, another woman ran out of the home trying to rip off her clothes because of the extreme heat conditions.
As the morning went on, firefighters worked to put out hot spots on the building’s roof. At least 11 crew members could be seen up there.
Officials believe the fire started on the second floor and spread to the attic. A car in a next-door driveway was also affected.
The cause of the fire, which caused $110,000 in damage, is under investigation. The fire may have been the result of a marijuana growing operation within the house, ignited from an electric spark.