DEVELOPING STORY: Firefighters are battling a massive blaze on Main Street in downtown Buffalo, New York. At least one firefighter is unaccounted for. The four-alarm fire broke out at DC Theatricks, a costume shop. Watch the moment the explosion occurred:
The Buffalo News reports that a “may day” call was issued after the building partially collapsed — hindering rescue efforts.
Buffalo Diocese Bishop Michael W. Fisher arrived at the scene, the newspaper reported.
“I was one of the first people out here and for a few seconds it was just smoke,” Jason Colston told television station WZRG. “The there was a burst of flames and you could hear the floor fall and the firefighters started yell about how the floor it fell.”
Large fire at the D.C. Theatricks building on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. @WGRZ pic.twitter.com/AHxXwkGVgU— Lauren Hall (@LaurenHall) March 1, 2023
WATCH: An explosion knocks several firefighters over as try to battle flames on Main Street. @WKBW pic.twitter.com/mNm4VRqQyk— Taylor Epps (@taylor_epps_) March 1, 2023
BREAKING NOW: Massive fire breaks out at commercial building in Buffalo, NY…— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) March 1, 2023
Local news station reports SMOKE engulphing the city..pic.twitter.com/eCaqgX8baT
BUFFALO, New York Firefighters battled a massive four-alarm fire on Main Street in Buffalo's Theatre District Wednesday.— D. Scott @eclipsethis2003 (@eclipsethis2003) March 1, 2023
A city spokesperson said one firefighter is unaccounted for after crews responded to the area of 745 Main Street around 10 a.m. pic.twitter.com/F4U0oBiIWd