Buffalo firefighters returned Monday morning to the scene of a late Sunday night fire in the city’s Black Rock area, leading fire officials to request emergency demolition of the Amherst Street building that housed two apartments.
The first fire call came at 10:58 p.m. Sunday, when firefighters responded to 81 Amherst St., about three blocks east of Niagara Street. Fire officials listed $150,000 damage to the 2½-story double-occupied house.
At 5:30 a.m. Monday, firefighters were called back to the scene to battle a fire that left an additional $50,000 damage. Officials weren’t sure whether this was a new fire or a rekindling of the original blaze.
Witnesses reported that firefighters battled to keep flames from spreading to a church next door, apparently St. John’s United Church of Christ, at 85 Amherst St.