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Two Buffalo Firefighters Injured During Overnight Fire

BUFFALO, NY - Two Buffalo Firefighters were slightly injured early Tuesday morning while putting out a fire that burned two vacant buildings on Seventh Street on Buffalo's West Side.

Fire officials say because these buildings are vacant, the fire is being classified as being suspicious.

Firefighters say they received a call about the fire around 1:30 Tuesday morning. Division Chief Scott Barry says when crews arrived on scene a one and a half story building was fully engulfed in flames.

The fire eventually spread next door. Barry says the two injured firefighters were sent up to the roof of that building to vent out the flames, but the fire already burned through the roof. Barry says he ordered both men off that roof, and that's when they were injured.

"On the way down off the ladder, the ladder fell and two of our guys wound up hurt," says Barry. He goes on to say, they fell anywhere between 15 to 20 feet to the ground. 

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I-190 Southbound Lane Shift

Buffalo, NY- The I-190 Southbound will have a lane shift in place at the former Black Rock Tolls.

The traffic re-route will be in place for the next three to four weeks.

Peace Bridge to Become More Bike-Friendly

BUFFALO-The Peace Bridge is looking to become more bike-friendly.

Members of the Peace Bridge Authority are introducing a new educational campaign aimed at getting cyclists more comfortable with crossing the bridge.

The "Bike the Bridge" committee is offering educational information on their website to anyone who is interested. The website includes possible routes and maps, as well as safety information for riders.

Maps will lay out the special customs entrances and exits, as well as routes cyclists can take coming or going from the States.

The committee also talked about plans to have the Peace Bridge bike path widened in the future.

Justin Booth from Green Options Buffalo stands behind Buffalo's cycling culture, and has high hopes for the future.

2-Alarm Fire Damages North St. Apartment Building

BUFFALO, NY - Four firefighters suffered minor injuries battling a two-alarm fire Friday morning on North Street.

The fire broke out on the third floor of the three story apartment complex just before 8 A.M. and spread to the attic. Several cats were killed.

Firefighters took extra caution while on the roof of the building noting it was similar in construction to the roof that collapsed and severely injured the late Buffalo firefighter Donald Herbert.

The cause of this fire is not known at this time. Ten residents are being helped out by the Red Cross.

Damage to the apartments is set at $200,000.

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Nuisance Abatement Law Proposed

With the proposal of the new Nuisance Abatement Law, concerned citizens might be able to avoid a lot of red tape in taking an owner of a property in violation to court. Specifically, the law will be targeting abandoned cars, high grass, neglected buildings and graffiti. As people who live in the area notice a decline in a property, issues can be addressed more quickly.

More often than not, these violations are occuring in rental properties and the process of getting landlords into housing court for the behavior of their tenants could get complicated.