2 injured after house fire on Lyell Avenue and Child Street

Updated: January 13, 2021 11:11 PM
Created: January 13, 2021 03:24 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two people are injured after a house fire on Lyell Avenue and Child Street in Rochester.

The fire started at around 3 p.m. Wednesday at a home located next to Engine 5's firehouse on Lyell Avenue, so crews were on the scene within seconds. They saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the front of the house.

There was an initial report that people were trapped, so an extra unit was dispatched, but all residents were able to make it out of the building.

Three people in the downstairs unit were able to get out safely, but two of the five who lived upstairs had to jump out of second-story windows and were both transported to the hospital; one with burns and the other with leg injuries. Both are expected to survive.

News10NBC spoke to some good Samaritans who told us they were outside getting coffee when they saw the women jump and ran over to help.

"We jumped out of the truck," Leander Sheppard said. "Before the fire department came we were already in there, we grabbed the ladies and moved them out to the grass right by the tree. Unbelievable. We were at the right place at the right time."

"From what I gathered, she had no other choice," Deputy Chief David Kaltenback said. "Their escape route was blocked off by fire and smoke. So she slid off the back roof and onto the ground and that's when she sustained a leg injury."

No firefighters were injured.

Firefighters say there is extensive smoke and fire damage to the building.

The Red Cross is helping the residents.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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