Two-alarm fire tears through Riverside factory Friday evening


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A two-alarm fire tore through a factory building near Crowley Avenue and Isabelle Street in Buffalo’s Riverside neighborhood Friday evening.

Buffalo fire responded to the call just after 7 p.m. at 308 Crowley Ave. as heavy smoke billowed out of the building and was visible from miles away.

Officials tell News 4 the fire at the large, vacant, industrial complex resulted in $500,000 in damage to the building.

Fire investigators say 44 Isabelle Street suffered exposure damage. They say that caused $100,000 in damage.

According to Buffalo fire, no one was hurt.

Police asked drivers to avoid the area as crews battle the blaze.

Crews arrive at the scene of the Riverside fire

News 4’s Kayla Green spoke with Evelyn Vossler of the Rediscover Riverside group who says they’ve been pushing to demolish parts of the building for years.

“Hopefully, there was no one in there that could be harmed that’s good and the firemen are fighting it from a distance mostly aerial so hopefully, nobody got harmed and nobody else’s property is being damaged but it’s still the fear that this is happening it’s what’s been happening and we’re glad the demo is coming,” Vossler said.

Vossler also says this is the second time this building has caught fire.

Here’s a Birdseye view from the News 4 Tower Cam, located atop Seneca One Tower, of smoke billowing over the Queen City at 8:30 p.m. Friday:

News 4 Reporter Kayla Green

Here’s a look at smoke seen high in the air above North Buffalo and Kenmore:

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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