Apartment Fire Leaves Residents Homeless for the Holiday.

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) A smokey morning fire in a three-story apartment building located at 1011 Amherst Street in North Buffalo has displaced several residents.

The blaze broke out around 9:30am in a second-floor apartment, forcing a female occupant to jump to safety.

Officials said she suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

Two other residents were also treated for smoke inhalation.

A Battalion Chief from the Buffalo Fire Department was also evaluated after suffering a knee injury.

Fire officials say the fire was confined to a single apartment but it caused $150,000 damage to the building and $75,000 damage to contents.

The building was constructed in 1935 and contained 18 units.

Fifty people are thought to live there, with 15 to 20 being inside when the fire broke out.

Two off-duty Buffalo firemen, Jeff Kane (Engine 19) and Robert Carnevale (Engine 37), along with an agent from the DEA spotted the smoke as they were driving.

The three men ran into the building to alert residents.

"They just went in there and kicked in doors and evacuating people," said Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield Jr.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the American Red Cross is providing assistance.