Web Story of the Week-Buffalo Fire Crews Fight Blaze

August 20, 2011 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

August 20, 2011 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Fire officials were successful in putting out a dangerous blaze here on South Park Avenue early this morning. They were also able to keep other firefighters and resident safe.

"There were all kinds of flames an smoke everywhere. It was crazy," resident Wes Patton said.

Resident Wes Patton describes the flames at a vacant house that kept fire fighters busy all morning. Many crews were sent into the home but then Division Chief John Mogavero made the decision to evacuate them immediately.

"We had some issues. The roof looked like it was going to collapse so we pulled the guys and started a defensive approach," Chief Mogavero said.

So they battle the fire from outside. Luckily only one fire suffered minor injuries but crews had another problem. They had to make sure the surrounding houses, just feet away, did not catch on fire.

"We wanted to make sure that we get that covered as fast as possible when the fire started to break strong," Chief Mogavero said.

Resident Nancy Claudio said this is also a concern for other homeowners.

"Sometimes I get scared because the houses are so close together but if they get her on time your fine," Claudio said.

Residents say that Buffalo fire crews got on the scene in minutes and did a great job keeping the flames from spreading.

"I think they did an excellent job. They make me feel safer living in Buffalo," Patton said.

The damages are estimated at about $70 thousand and the house will be demolished. Officials said the cause is still being investigated.