BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - In the words of the Division Chief, this fire was a very scary one for crews who responded. Injuries, two firefighters actually fell through a floor.
An enormous fire at the United Memorial Funeral Home lit up the neighborhood sky on Buffalo's East side.
Buffalo Firefighters were called in at about 5:30 Saturday evening.
Elizabeth Jacobs was at home when she saw flames shooting from the roof top
Jacobs said, "It was just shocking to see. I mean we were watching all the flames shooting out of the top and then we were watching them knock down the sides of the wall with the hoses on the top level."
Thick, heavy smoke swept through the air as crews tried to extinguish it.
No one actually heard the fire despite its size.
"My son came outside and said something's happening down the street there's a bunch of fire trucks so we came down to see what was going on," added Jacobs.
Jacobs and her son joined other residents who were wondering the same thing.
Division Chief of the Buffalo Fire Department Scott Barry said, "What we had here on Bailey Avenue was a really scare fire for us. Fire in a funeral parlor and when we got here we could see that something was burning inside we were able to get inside pretty aggressively."
No one was inside at the time.
Crews made it inside, the best way to fight a fire.
But they were in serious trouble.
"There was a guy from one crew that fell through the floor and then another guy too from another crew who fell through the floor so we were able to grab them right away," added Barry.
Once they were safe, the Division Chief ordered everyone out of the burning building for their own safety.
We're told the two firefighters actually insisted they were okay to stay on duty.
Barry said, "Neither one fell all the way through, each one went into about their hips. We were able to pull them out, neither one of them got very seriously hurt."
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