Thurston apartment demolition expected to take all night

December 11, 2018 08:33 AM

Fire and demolition crews will continue to clean up after a fire destroyed an apartment building on Thurston Rd.

The five-alarm fire broke out early Monday morning. Nine apartments were lived in with 12 tenants, all of whom survived. 

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“I lived up there all my life,” said Sean Jones, one of the fire victims. “I'm sad, this is the worst thing I’ve seen.”

Fire crews tell News10NBC the fire ripped through the building making it too dangerous for anyone to enter, including tenants who were unable to go back in to salvage belongings. 

The structural integrity has been compromised it’s not safe to go in, not safe to try and retrieve things, the floors are burned out the ceilings collapsed,” explained Battalion Chief Richard Yackel with the Rochester Fire Department. “This is a fairly extensive fire.”

“We used 95-percent of the city's resources,” added the 30-year veteran of the department. 

“It sucks, I lost a whole bunch of stuff,” another tenant told News10NBC. “My social security card, my cat was up there.” 

Crews tell News10NBC they will be back on site Tuesday morning.

Thurston Rd remains closed to traffic between Anthony St. and Ellicott St.


Beth Cefalu

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