Around five times a year, the City of Buffalo's Human Resources staffers receive a tip that a city employee whose paperwork says that person lives in the city really doesn't. There is a private detective for that.
Buffalo firefighters are hoping you stay safe in this cold weather, not just outside but inside. This can be the season for residential fires, as people struggle to keep themselves, their families and their homes warm in this week of bitter cold.
The former federal courthouse in downtown Buffalo is again active, serving as the new home of both the Buffalo Police and Fire Departments. A dedication ceremony was held Thursday morning, beginning with the police department formally decommissioning its longtime home just a few blocks away.
City officials continued to say only that the investigation was ongoing Tuesday into a deadly house fire in Buffalo's Lovejoy neighborhood. But new information surfaced Tuesday about the father of the victim, while news reports suggested he may have caused the fire after lighting a cigarette with a blowtorch.
Buffalo firefighters responded to a home fully engulfed by flames on Jewett Avenue in the city's Central Park neighborhood early Friday morning that "very quickly" spread to three other homes. Although more than a quarter-million dollars in damage was reported, no one was injured.