Two Homes Destroyed, 11 People Homeless Following Two-Alarm Blaze

July 10, 2014 Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM EDT

By WKBW News

July 10, 2014 Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A devastated Crystal Robinson is looking at what's left of her Moselle Street home, that she shared with her five children.

The rented home is a total loss. Years of memories and a lifetime of belongings have been destroyed.

"I just wanted to get to my babies and hold them. That was all that was on my mind. Once I got to them I was better," she said.

The fire started next door -- in a vacant house -- which was also completely gutted by flames.

"And it's frustrating cause I literally called the City of Buffalo over a year now about that house," Robinson said.

A house that was fully involved with flames when three of Robinson's children, ages seven, 11 and 14, found themselves with just seconds to escape.

"I went upstairs and I smelled fire. And I looked out the window. And then my brother and my sister were still sleeping in the bed and I woke them up and we just ran out of the house," said Robinson's daughter, 14-year-old Diamond Easley.

Buffalo firefighters were called to the two-alarm fire just before 2:30 this afternoon.

They called the second alarm immediately as the fire was already spreading to Robinson's house on one side and another adjacent home.

"The houses are very close together. Wood homes. Very close proximity to each other. When a fire gets that kind of a head start, which this one did, it's very difficult to protect the houses around it," said Buffalo Fire Commissioner Darnell Whitfield.

11 people, five adults and six children from the two adjacent homes, are receiving emergency assistance from the Red Cross.

Crystal Robinson is just grateful that no one was hurt.

"Everybody is okay today. That's what counts I guess."

Investigators are calling the blaze "suspicious," but have yet to pinpoint a cause.