NIAGARA FALL, NY ( WKBW ) The call to the Niagara Falls Fire Department came in a little after five o'clock on Saturday evening for a blaze at a building on Buffalo Avenue near 77th Street. Firefighters battled a blaze in a building that included a bakery with an upper apartment.
According to multiple officials, everyone in the building got out safe, but damage to the building on Buffalo Avenue was severe. One resident of the apartment said that smoke came in through the walls, and after a fire extinguisher did not put out the fire, they were forced to leave the building. The fire is still under investigation, but it is believed by some fire officials to have been caused an electric malfunction.
"Flames were licking up and going through the whole building. It was melting the siding, the gutters, everything," one witness said, "flames were a good ten to fifteen feet off the top of the roof. It was just a mess."
Officials say that the fire was under control and the majority of it was put out by around 8:30p.m. Saturday night. Buffalo Avenue in the vicinity of 77th Street has been closed due to drifting smoke.
Due to the extent of the of the damage to the building, it is unsafe, and will undergo emergency demolition Sunday morning, officials said.