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Three Buffalo firefighters injured battling structure fire

Three Buffalo firefighters were injured this morning battling a fire that started in a vacant East Side home, the latest in a long list of firefighters hurt while responding to fires in vacant or abandoned city buildings.

The blaze started just after 5 a.m. in an unoccupied, two and one half-story frame house at 21 Herman St., off Broadway, according to Buffalo Fire Department officials.

The fire caused $20,000 damage to the building, and its cause is under investigation.

The fire spread to the houses on either side, at 15 Herman and 23 Herman, before firefighters were able to bring it under control.

The house at 15 Herman sustained $42,000 total damage, while 23 Herman sustained $22,000 damage.

Three firefighters were taken to the Erie County Medical Center with injuries that didn’t appear to be serious, a fire official said.

Though the cause of this fire is not yet determined, vacant buildings are attractive targets for arsonists.

In 2007, 60 percent of Buffalo’s arsons were set at vacant and abandoned buildings, according to a recent Buffalo News analysis of city fires.

Twenty-seven firefighters were hurt while battling those fires, including Mark P. Reed, who nearly died while fighting a blaze in a vacant Wende Street house last year. Reed later lost a leg because of his injuries.

West Coast 911 firefighting news source – The Buffalo News