BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A vacant building that some consider an eyesore in Buffalo caught fire Wednesday morning.
Buffalo firefighters rushed to 67 Grant Street and found flames and smoke coming from the building.
Fire officials said the blaze began on the first floor then spread to the basement and second floor.
It took them about an hour to bring it under control.
Buffalo Councilman David Rivera said this property isn’t safe. He said the owner of the property has been in housing court for years.
“We tried to force the owner to even try to sell the property because he wasn’t taking care of the property. It poses a risk to public safety. This is the kind of thing that we want to take away from owners. It’s an abandoned building that puts everybody at risk, including the firemen, and people that walk by the building,” Rivera said.
The councilman said the building was boarded up with a barricade before the fire.
The blaze caused $100,000 in damage. The cause of it is under investigation.