BUFFALO,NY (WIVB) - Three Buffalo firefighters suffered minor injuries fighting a fire on the city's west side around 11 p.m. Tuesday.
When firefighters arrived they saw heavy smoke coming from the attic of the home on Maryland Street, so they quickly knocked on the first floor door and made the three tenants aware of the fire. They did run in to a language barrier as the residents did not speak English.
As firefighters moved to the second floor they found two more tenants also unaware of the fire and who also did not speak English.
Firefighters had a difficult time reaching the fire which was in the floor beams between the second floor and the attic. That's why firefighters think an electrical problem sparked the flames. Even though the tenants got out, there were some moments.
Buffalo Fire Department Division Chief John Mogavero said, “At one point we had a problem, we had a mayday situation. A firefighter ended up running out of air up there in the attic. We deployed our FAST team, they quickly removed the member and he's doing fine right now, he's being checked out at the hospital.”
Two other firefighters suffered minor injuries. Damage is set at $60,000 to the home and $40,000 to the contents
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