BUFFALO, NY - A family of seven escaped heavy smoke and flames after fire broke out in their Lovejoy neighborhood duplex.
Flames broke out around 4 a.m. Tuesday at 141 Benzinger Street.
Two adults and five children, one of them disabled, escaped the flames.
A neighbor who lived in a rear apartment was missing for most of the morning. Division Chief Don McFeely tells 2 On Your Side that the building's owner was able to locate the woman. She was staying at a friend's house.
Smoke from the blaze permeated into Buffalo Public School #43 after the fire knocked out a few windows. The school was closed Tuesday as a result of the fire. The school sustained around $1,000 in damage.
The Red Cross tells 2 On Your Side that they will be assisting the family of seven.
Fire officials say the home is a total loss and estimate the damages at $100,000. Another home at 139 Benzinger sustained $15,000.
No firefighters were hurt during the fire.