Fires Displace Buffalo Residents

November 1, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 12:49 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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November 1, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 12:49 PM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Two fires in the City of Buffalo kept fire fighters busy early this morning and forced residents in those homes and nearby out of their houses.

"It's by the grace of God no one was in there." Resident Kene Bleu said.

One blaze started on Schreck Street just before three a.m. Officials said it was arson caused by a firebomb. Kene Bleu has 11 people who stay with him on and off during the week including his daughter and her newborn baby

"When I got the call that the house is on fire all I was thinking about was my granddaughter and my daughter who probably perished," Bleu said.

Luckily, no one was home at the time but the arson leaves a lot of questions for Bleu and his family

"I think it's a cowardly act coming to someone's house in the middle of the night knowing my extended family is here. When you spark someone's house up you don't know who is going to live and who is going to die," Bleu said.

Bleu thinks it may have been a malicious act by residents who live nearby.

The family said they don't have enemies but they do say one of the people living with them was in a community watch group and that may have been a motive for another resident to take action against them.

"They were trying to get the block club back going and clean this street up," Bleu said.

The other fire started on Genesee Street it was a vacant mix-use building but the fire was so hot that it burned the house next door causing the people in that home to evacuate. Again, no residents were hurt but fighters were taken to the hospital with minor injures. Authorities continue to investigate a cause.