Storefront fire under investigation

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A fire that broke out in a William Street plaza Wednesday afternoon is under investigation.

According to fire officials, smoke and flames coming out of the Towne Gardens plaza were reported by a passerby around 4 p.m. Both a Boost Mobile and a beauty supply store suffered smoke and water damage.

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield says the fire is considered suspicious because it appears to have started outside the structure.

Everyone inside the stores when the fire broke out made it out safely. 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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