Marijuana operation may have started east side fire that severely burned 2 people

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. 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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