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Rochester business destroyed, firefighter injured in three-alarm fire

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Updated: December 25, 2020 12:11 PM
Created: December 24, 2020 11:01 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Investigators are working to figure out what caused a three-alarm fire at a Rochester business Thursday night,

According to Rochester Fire Department Public Information Officer Ryan Fleming, crews were called to the scene at City Blue Imaging on Scio Street near East Avenue at around 10:45 p.m.. When they got there, firefighters found heavy smoke and fire pouring out from the back.

Fleming says crews had a difficult time trying to knock down the flames because of the intense heat, plus, the building's size, limited entrances, and a lack of windows. 

A News10NBC crew on the scene early saw at least three trucks, including a ladder truck at first.

As firefighters worked to fight the fire from the outside, the front of the building collapsed. Fleming says after hours of work, and roughly 70 firefighters on the job, the flames were under control. 

As of 4:50 a.m. Friday, crews were still putting out hotspots.

RFD does not believe any civilians were hurt, but at least one firefighter was, though the injuries are being described as minor.

The owner of City Blue, Mark Cleary told News10NBC's Raven Brown he and his staff were off both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so there were no employees inside the building.

"It's very sad to see this, but I just feel kind of blessed that no one got hurt and you know, I'm still here on Christmas Eve," Cleary said.

This is a developing story. Watch News10NBC Today Friday morning for the latest.


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