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The Red Cross was called to assist a total of 23 East Side residents routed from their homes by two fires within a couple hours at mid-morning today, Buffalo fire officials reported.

Five adults and 13 children, apparently all from a large extended family, were displaced from their home at 118 Wakefield Ave., in the Central Park neighborhood, by a fire that caused $12,000 damage. Firefighters responding to a 7:31 a.m. alarm found a fire that had broken out in a first-floor bedroom of the 2½-story home. The house is east of Fillmore Avenue, two blocks north of Leroy Avenue.

About an hour and a half later, at 8:55 a.m., firefighters were called to 21 Briscoe Ave., where the Red Cross was called to assist two adults and three children. The blaze left an estimated $7,000 damage to the home, which is north of Walden Avenue, about eight blocks east of Bailey Avenue.