Updated: 03/11/2014 12:09 PM
Created: 03/11/2014 11:50 AM WHEC.com
Rochester firefighters had their work cut out for them battling a house fire on Dewey Avenue Tuesday morning.
The call came in just after 9:00 a.m. after the people who live in the home were alerted by smoke detectors. When crews arrived, the home was heavily involved. Officials say the fire quickly spread from the basement to the first floor.
The fire was so intense, it caused the first floor to sag and the deputy fire chief says that’s when fire crews had to be pulled out.
Bob McEneaney, Deputy Fire Chief, Rochester Fire Department, said, “Because it was a basement fire there was no place for the heat to go so the heat was coming right up the stairwell and the firefighters kind of had to fight their way down there to begin with and it just became too hot down there and we had to pull them out."
The five adults and three children who live in the home were able to get out safely and the Red Cross is assisting them. Two cats died in the fire.
Right now, the cause of the fire is under investigation.