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Two families were forced out of their homes Sunday after a kitchen fire spread through two East Side public housing apartments.

Buffalo fire officials said the fire at 288-290 Edison Avenue fire began around 3 p.m. and caused $40,000 in damage to one apartment, where an adult and two children lived, and $5,000 damage to the neighboring apartment, where two adults and four children lived.

Both families had fled the apartments when firefighters arrived, police said. They are being helped by the Red Cross.