Fire Under Control on Amherst Street, Red Cross On Scene

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT

By WKBW News

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Two off-duty firefighters and a DEA agent saw smoke from the apartment building and helped warn people to get out.

Buffalo firefighters and ambulances responded to the call at 1011 Amherst Street and Delaware Avenue, that residents were trapped inside the residential apartment building.

A woman resident jumped from a second floor window to avoid the flames and was taken to ECMC for smoke inhalation. Three residents total and one firefighter were taken to ECMC for various injuries.

1011 Amherst Street is a three-story building with 18 units and it was built in 1935.

It is owned by Michael Wiseman. Eyewitness News spoke briefly with Wiseman as he was on his way to the building and his only comment was that his "first concern is for the tenants of the building."

The building is managed by Hastings & Cohn Real Estate of WNY. Alan Hastings tells Eyewitness News these are one-bedroom units with some garage spaces. It is rented by a mixture of tenants in different economic groups - some of the rent is subsidized by Section 8 housing.

It is within walking distance of a Delaware Avenue Wilson Farms.

The American Red Cross serving Erie and Niagara counties confirms it has a team of 4 people responding to the scene of the fire at 1011 Amherst St. The agency's first priority is providing food, clothing and shelter for the residents displaced by the fire.

Jay Bonafede of the American Red Cross says people displaced by the fire who need temporary housing will be given vouchers for hotel stays.

50 residents displaced.

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