A blaze blamed on children playing with a lighter caused $25,000 damage this morning to an apartment building in the Sheridan Park neighborhood in the Town of Tonawanda, police reported.
The fire started in the bedroom of one unit in a six-unit, two-story apartment building at 46 Pyle Court, part of the housing development in the town that dates to World War II and is bordered by the Sheridan Park Golf Course, Ensminger Road, Military Road and Sheridan Drive.
The fire was reported at 9:02 a.m. and was under control by 9:22, and damage was largely confined to the one unit, according to Town of Tonawanda police.
No injuries were reported but the Red Cross was assisting an unknown number of evacuated residents and a town building inspector had been called to the scene. The damage was listed as $15,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents.
Sheridan Park Fire Company, Brighton Fire Company and a Firefighter Assist and Search Team from the City of Tonawanda Fire Department responded to the fire.
Also overnight, Buffalo firefighters responded to two relatively minor fires, one on the city’s East Side and one on the West Side.
The first was reported at 10:19 p.m. Friday at 724 Prospect Ave., near Rhode Island Street. No injuries were reported in the fire at the occupied, 2½-story frame house, and the cause is under investigation, according to a Buffalo fire official. Damages were put at $15,000.
The second blaze, reported at 5:45 a.m. today, struck a vacant, two-story frame house at 86 Armbruster St., near the intersection of Broadway and Bailey Avenue, causing $40,000 damage. That cause also remains under investigation.