A dozen people affected by two overnight Buffalo fires

Posted at 7:44 AM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 07:44:55-04

A dozen people were affected by two different fires overnight in Buffalo.

Eight children and two adults were forced out of their home, and are being helped by the Red Cross, after fire started inside a home on Bissell Avenue.  Fire started on the first floor about 5:15 a.m. Monday.  

The fire quickly spread inside the home.  Windows were seemingly broken as firefighters worked to control the fire.

The cause of this fire is still under investigation.  It caused a total of $80,000 in damage.

Earlier, Buffalo firefighters were working a fire inside an old barbecue restaurant on Buffalo's east side.

Fire started on William Street at Smith Street around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Flames quickly shot up to the second floor.

Firefighters say this building has been empty for years, but there was a lot of debris inside.

"We had a report the floor was compromised, so we abandoned the front of the building, we pulled everyone out and went defensive," said Division Chief Michael Tuberdyke.

No one was hurt.

Two people were forced from a home next door.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.