BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Nine adults and two children escaped from an early morning blaze that spread to multiple houses on Buffalo’s West Side.
Buffalo Fire confirmed that all residents made it out safety. Houses affected were on the corner of Massachusetts and Prospect avenues.
Two firefighters are being treated at ECMC after battling the fire this morning, News 4’s Gabrielle Mediak reported.
One house that burned to the ground was vacant and was being renovated, officials said. They believe the fire started at 110 Massachusetts Ave. around 5:30 a.m.
Other houses affected were 102 and 114 Massachusetts Ave., and 807 and 825 Prospect Ave.
A home across the street at 807 Prospect Ave. and a fire truck were damaged due to the extreme heat of the fire.
Maria Martinez lives next door to the house that was destroyed in the fire. She woke up for work around 5:25 a.m. and minutes later her daughter started yelling, “it smells like fire.”
“It’s scary, very scary, very scary. Once I saw it start going towards our house it actually went to the neighbor’s house too, I’m like, ‘oh my god that’s it, we’re done there’s no more.’ You don’t prepare yourself for a situation like that,” Martinez said.
She called 911, ran next door, and banged on her neighbor’s door until they came outside.
The fire left Martinez and her daughter’s rooms damaged but she said it’s nothing compared to the destruction her neighbors are dealing with.
Fire commissioner William Renaldo said a fire truck was also damaged from the heat.
“We suspect it was burning for quite awhile and when we got there it was fully involved and a structure of that size fills up in a really intense heat.”
He said the fire caused more than $650,000 in damages.
Renaldo said the incident is being treated as suspicious but the cause is still being investigated.
This is a breaking news story, check back for updates.
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Nick Veronica is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team as a Digital Executive Producer in 2021. He previously worked at NBC Sports and The Buffalo News. You can follow Nick on Facebook and Twitter and find more of his work here