Firefighter, civilian injured in 5-alarm fire at apartment building

December 11, 2018 07:03 AM

Two people including a firefighter were injured in a five-alarm fire at an apartment building in Rochester.

Nearly every crew in the city responded to massive fire 440 Thurston Rd. just after 8:30 a.m. Monday. 


A civilian and a firefighter were injured and taken to the hospital. Fire officials say the firefighter fell through a floor and suffered minor injuries. The tenant’s injuries are also described as minor.

The building is a three-story apartment building with 29 units. However, only nine people lived there at the time of the blaze. 

News10NBC has learned everyone has been accounted for and an RTS bus has been staging here for tenants to wait in while firefighters battle the fire.

When firefighters arrived, Rochester Fire Department spokesperson Amon Hudson says they saw to heavy smoke coming from the building. It quickly became a five-alarm fire. In fact, all but two city fire companies were here.

Hudson says it was a difficult fire to fight because of the layout of the building and the number of units on fire. News10NBC spoke to tenants who say the fire alarms worked. Some people used the fire escapes. 

"I saw smoke. Twenty-five minutes later, I seen the flames just started spreading," witness Crystal James said. "Then it started...the third floor, the second now it just came through the whole building and it's over for the building now. I'm just sad because it's the winter time and now everybody gotta figure out where they about to go. That's the sad thing about this whole thing."

The city has cited the apartment building for numerous code violations. None of them, however, seem to be related to the fire.


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