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Three people were rescued and one person in a fire that roared through two 2½-story houses on Woodside Avenue late Thursday afternoon.

Total damage to both structures, at 42 and 44 Woodside Avenue, was estimated at $60,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Buffalo Police Officer Daniel O’Neill was credited with rescuing three persons initially trapped in 44 Woodside. Further information was unavailable.