12-year-old boy killed, officers hurt in house fire on Hague Street | WHEC.com

12-year-old boy killed, officers hurt in house fire on Hague Street

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Updated: May 31, 2021 08:57 PM
Created: May 31, 2021 10:28 AM

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the person killed was a 12-year-old boy, as well as an update from Rochester Police who corrected a Rochester Fire Department report of a woman killed to reflect the victim as male, as well as the number of people taken to the hospital as a precaution.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A 12-year-old boy is dead after a Monday morning house fire in Rochester.

Rochester Fire Department crews say they were called to the scene of a house fire with people trapped at a home on Hague Street near Campbell and Lorenzo Streets around 9:45 a.m.

When crews got there, they dealt with an "extensive" amount of fire and then went through an extensive search and found the boy in the home. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

RFD Executive Deputy Chief Andrew Lonthair reports eight other people, including six children, were inside the home at the time of the fire. They were all taken to Strong and are expected to survive.

Crews believe the fire started on the first floor.

Before fire crews could show up, officers from the Rochester Police Department attempted to rescue the residents. RPD Lt. Greg Bello confirmed officers were across the street for an unrelated call when the fire started. He said two officers ran into the burning home to make the rescue. One man jumped from the home due to the extent of the fire, but Bello said officers also used a ladder to help.

The three officers' quick actions help save the lives of others inside.

"If the police are here, and if they can do something, save somebody's life then I'm all for it you know," Lonthair said. "You just want to make sure they're okay too."

Lt. Bello added, "They don't have any firefighting equipment, or fireproof jackets, any of that stuff. Just their regular uniform like this running into a burning building."

Two of the rescuing officers were taken to Strong with injuries, but are expected to survive.

The house is considered a total loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A statement was posted to the Rochester Mayor's Office Facebook:

"My heart and my prayers are with the family of the child that lost their life in today's fire. I am tremendously grateful to our police officers and firefighters for their heroism to prevent further tragedy. I also pray for the quick and full recovery of all that were injured, and ask that our community join me in doing so."


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