Updated: 10/28/2013 11:10 PM
Created: 10/28/2013 10:10 PM WHEC.com
Rochester firefighters are investigating a fire that they say started with an explosion.
Crews were called to Arbordale Avenue, off of Blossom Road, just before 8 p.m. Monday night.
Deputy Chief Martin McMillan with the Rochester Fire Department says the homeowner was in the basement when some kind of explosion happened.
That explosion blew the homeowner back, but officials say he managed to get up and get himself, his wife and his child out of the home.
As firefighters were battling the blaze, officials say some loose ammunition shells began popping. That's when they took more precautions, including moving some firefighters behind a piece of equipment.
“Our biggest issue with ammunition that starts burning is it's going to pop like a firecracker sound, very, very similar to that. What we're always concerned about is does somebody have a round in a gun's chamber. That's a totally different animal. That's just like pulling a trigger when it goes off and that could kill somebody. We didn't know if we had a loaded weapon in the house. We asked some of the firefighters to move behind the apparatus as we were knocking down some exposure fire on each side of the building,” said McMillan.
The Deputy Chief says the homeowner was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation.
The Red Cross is providing food and shelter for the family Monday night.