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A fire on the East Side of Buffalo this afternoon has been deemed suspicious, Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield Jr. said at a briefing Thursday.

The fire began in the vacant home at 126 Moselle St. and spread to two other homes, including 122 Moselle. Total damage was placed at $220,000.

Smoke from the blaze was visible from downtown Buffalo and even Canada.

“It was pretty bad,” said Adam Cichocki, who dashed over to the fire from his family’s butcher shop, Camellia Meats, on Genesee Street, when he saw the smoke. “I’ve never seen anything like that in the daytime. The smoke cloud was pretty high in the sky.”

Cichocki said the house where the fire originated looked destroyed and that “house next to it, the top floor, also was pretty much on fire at that point.”

A boyfriend of one of the residents of 122 Moselle was sitting on a porch when he saw the fire next-door. He said a 14-year-old, 11-year-old and a 7-year-old were able to leave the burning home. No one was injured.

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