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More than a dozen residents remain displaced after apartment fire

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Buffalo: Early morning fire displaces two dozen, firefighter and three others injured
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — More than a dozen residents remain displaced this weekend after a large apartment fire broke out in Buffalo on Friday, injuring four people, including a Buffalo firefighter.

Firefighters were called to an apartment building at the corner of Delaware and Amherst Friday morning.

One resident jumped from a window before emergency crews arrived. She suffered minor injuries.

Three others were treated for smoke inhalation. One fire chief was treated for a minor knee injury.

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield say if not for the quick action of the off-duty and the first firefighters on the scene this could have been much worse.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced residents .

Damage is estimated at $250,000, and the cause is under investigation.

Buffalo Fire officials are investigating an early morning fire that forced a woman to jump from a second story window to escape the flames. Four people were injured, including one firefighter. YNN's Kevin Jolly talked to some of the residents now displaced by the fire.

About 9:30 a.m. Friday, Buffalo firefighters received a call reporting smoke and flames coming from an apartment building at the corner of Delaware and Amherst.

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield says two off-duty fire firefighters and a DEA agent were the first on the scene and went into the building to help evacuate residents. Witnesses say one woman waiting help jumped from a window.

"The girl that lived in the apartment, she jumped out the window. I don’t know if the fire was too great for her to get out the door, but I did see her jump out the window", said Angela Miller.

"One lady had to self-evacuate, jumped out of the second floor there. She was on the ground, they evacuated her across the street, went back in kicked in several doors and got tenants out of the building," said Whitfield.

Resident say they were going about their normal routines when they fire erupted.

"I was in my apartment when I hear the sirens the "beep beep beep'' of the fire alarms in the hallway. And I was like OMG! My godmother came down, she was like, 'Felicia get out the building,'" said Felicia Truman Lyons.

Adrianus Ridderhoff lived on the third floor with his cat. Ridderhoff says he was sleeping when he heard the alarms go off. He waited until firefighters arrived and was led to safety without his cat.

"They were up there looking for her, I hope she's OK. You know, she's an animal, she's low to the ground, smoke rises so, hopefully she didn't make out too bad" said Ridderhoff.

Whitfield says firefighters managed to quickly contain the fire to the apartment, where it’s believed to have started. Three residents were treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation. One firefighter who suffered a minor knee injury was treated and released from ECMC.

Moments after the fire was contained, Ridderhoff received some good news: His cat Bubi was safe.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is helping 25 residents from 18 apartments who were displaced by the fire. Total damage is estimated at more than $200,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP