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Suspicious fires in Allentown

Posted at 9:37 AM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 12:48:19-04

Buffalo firefighters are calling a series of fires in the Allentown area Wednesday morning suspicious.

Firefighters were called to four fires, which were all reported between 5:54 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.  The first was on St. John's Place, and the second on Hudson Street.  Firefighters tell us the fires appear to have started in garbage or recycling totes.

The Buffalo Fire Marshall's Office reports one house on St. John's place had a lot of damage, including $45,000 to a car inside a garage, $10,000 to the garage itself, and another $25,000 to the building.  The house next to the garage on Hudson St. had about $17,000 damage total.

Initially firefighters say so many calls came in that it was difficult to figure out how many fires there were.

"He put it in as about five different structures. I heard it on the radio - I couldn't keep track of it," said Buffalo Fire Battalion Chief Steven Keohane, referring to how many fires were called in.

The Red Cross is helping at least one person.