Fire Forces Children To Flee Buffalo School

08.06.13 | Bob Price

Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield Jr. says the Monday afternoon fire at the Westminster Community Charter School appeared to start in an unoccupied first-floor art room that had been used earlier in the day. Smoke and water damage extended to the second floor of the three-story brick building. The cause is under investigation.The children and staff taking part in a summer program got out on their own. Whitfield says damage to the building and contents is estimated at $275,000. Eleven-year-old Isaiah Viverette says he and his classmates first thought the fire alarm signaled a drill, but they grew nervous after leaving the building and seeing the smoke and flames.