Fire delays opening of Rath Building this morning


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Due to a fire, the Rath Building will open at a later time on Friday morning.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says an electrical panel on the 9th floor of the building briefly caught fire.

The fire was quickly extinguished, and no real fire or water damage was done to the building.

The building, except for the ninth, tenth and eleventh floors, will reopen at 10:30 a.m.

All employees who work on floors other than those are expected to report for duty.

The following departments will be closed for the day:

  • Health
  • Environment and Planning
  • Comptroller
  • Legal Advocacy for the Disabled

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