2 cats lost, house destroyed in fire on Monroe Avenue

March 29, 2019 11:52 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) --A three-family home in Rochester is reduced to a pile of rubble after a three-alarm fire Thursday night. 

Crews responded to a house fire on Monroe Avenue near Rosedale Street around 9 p.m. and quickly called for a second and third alarm. 

Everyone was able to get out safely. However, two cats were lost in the fire.

One apartment was unoccupied at the time. The couple is in Florida on their honeymoon.

The Red Cross is helping the tenants with temporary housing.

The Rochester Fire Department says the fire started on a second-floor balcony before spreading inside and taking over the attic. 

At one point, firefighters were ordered to evacuate as the attic started to collapse. Crews then went on the defense, protecting homes on both sides of the structure. 

"We will always take an extra risk if we know there's life inside and we know there's a chance for rescue...but at some point, we need to do a defensive operation because that risk is too high for us to take and go further," Capt. Edward Kuppinger said.

A firefighter burned his ear, but is expected to be okay.

A portion of Monroe Avenue was closed during demolition early Friday morning, but has since reopened. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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