Firefighters: Pets rescued, people unhurt after two-alarm fire on Lyell Avenue

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester fire rescue crews say nobody was hurt, and several pets were rescued following a two-alarm fire at an apartment building Sunday evening.

Crews went to the scene on Lyell Avenue between Child and Cameron Streets around just before 5:30 p.m. Engine 5 from RFD was on the scene and reported heavy smoke and fire venting from the third-floor rear area of the building, which is where the fire was.

Fire officials say a hose line was quickly advanced to the third floor of the building and the building’s occupants were exiting as firefighters worked their way to the fire. Two additional hose lines helped extinguished the fire.

Because of the size of the building and the location of the fire, RFD said a second alarm was declared which brought in additional fire resources and fire rescue crews to help fight the fire and assist in complete searches of the buildings.

According to Rochester Police Department, everyone got out safely of the 10 occupied apartments. Firefighters were able to successfully contain the origin of the fire. The fire did cause extensive fire, smoke and water damage to the third-floor apartment and attack area, as well as water damage to the first and second-floor apartments.

In addition to no civilian injuries, no firefighter was injured, either. The Rochester Fire Investigation Unit is conducting an investigation as to what caused the fire.

During the survey process, fire rescue crews found a dog and two ferrets unharmed. The pets were safely returned to their respective owners.