Buffalo firefighters Saturday battled three blazes in occupied homes that caused more than $180,000 in total damages and left seven people homeless.
Firefighters spent hours fighting a stubborn fire in a 2½-story wood house at 384 Herman St., just east of the Kensington Expressway, between East North and Best streets.
A few minutes after firefighters responded to the 9:09 a.m. call, officials ordered an evacuation of firefighters and conducted a quick head count, or “accountability report,” from each of the ladder and engine companies at the scene. All personnel were accounted for.
Firefighters had to battle heavy smoke and fire conditions on the first two floors and were concerned about the possibility of the house’s chimney toppling. The house was destroyed, and authorities called for an emergency demolition.
The blaze, which sent a plume of heavy smoke into the sky and forced the rerouting of nearby Genesee Street traffic, caused an estimated $40,000 damage, plus exposure damage placed at $5,000 at 382 Herman and $1,000, at 394 Herman.
The Red Cross was called to assist one person forced from the home.
Firefighters also responded to an 8:47 a.m. alarm at 72 Dempster, an occupied two-story frame home in the city’s Bailey-William area. The Red Cross helped two adults and three children left homeless. That fire caused an estimated $75,000 damage.
Early Saturday afternoon, shortly after 12:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire that left $60,000 damage at 21 West Lane, one block southeast of Ontario Street, in the city’s Riverside section. One adult needed assistance from the Red Cross.