Fire Rips Through East Side Home

November 1, 2010 Updated Nov 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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November 1, 2010 Updated Nov 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A fire that ripped through a vacant home on Buffalo's east side early Monday morning had firefighters busy.

Fire officials said the blaze started in the rear of the first floor, making its way to the attic. When fire fighters arrived, neighbors told them that there may still be residents in the home.

Fire fighters did a primary search and found no one. They then did a more in-depth, secondary search until neighbors got in contact with those missing resident by cell phone.

"Because we had credible reports from neighbors that there were people missing what we ended up doing is a secondary, more thorough search. We brought in fresh crews for that. They searched the building to bottom. As it were the residents did show up. They were staying here on and off," Buffalo Fire Chief John Mogavero said.

Neighbors said they got in contact with the residents at a nearby hotel. The residents said they were currently staying at the hotel because the power at their home had been shut off.

"This isn't Hollywood, this is real life so it takes time. It's very dangerous to our members and to be quit frank, our guys do a hell of a job every time they deploy a line and do a search," Mogavero said.

At this time Chief Mogavero said the fire does not look suspicious but fire officials continue to investigate.