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Arson to blame for overnight fires in Buffalo

Posted at 3:48 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 17:27:46-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Investigators say arson is to blame for two separate house fires overnight on the same street in Buffalo's Seneca Babcock neighborhood.

The first fire erupted inside a vacant home 61 Imson Street just after midnight. Damage to that home is pegged at $50,000.

A second fire started around 3:00am on the second floor of a vacant home at 130 Imson Street. The flames quickly spread to the home's attic, destroying the roof.

"The first one was intentionally set in the attic," said Buffalo Fire Commissioner Bill Renaldo.

Renaldo says K-9 dogs detected an accelerator in both of the homes.

When our photographer arrived, he said he could feel the heat as flames tore through the attic.

Renaldo says the home at 130 Imson will have to be demolished. Fire Investigators are making "good progress" in determining who is behind these fires.

The fire chief said it took about 45 minutes to extinguish the flames, which damaged two occupied neighboring homes. The occupants got out of their homes safely.