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New Year's Day fire leaves 6 people homeless

Mike Desmond

An arson investigation is underway following a New Year's Day fire which left six people seeking shelter with the Red Cross.

According to city officials, the fire at 171 Breckenridge Street on the city's West Side was apparently ignited when a molotov cocktail was thrown at the structure around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Six people, including two children, were able to make it out of the burning structure. Three residents and a Buffalo Police officer were sent to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Fire investigators say they are interviewing two persons of interest and the building's owner has access to surveillance video. Damage has been estimated at $240,000.

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