Two brothers rescue Rochester neighbor during house fire


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A fire on Arnett Boulevard Saturday afternoon sparked heroic action from two neighbors.

Brothers Erik and Manuel Salters-McLamore live next door to where the fire started, and when they saw their neighbor trapped on the porch roof, they ran to help.

“We just came outside, and they were going down the street, seeing what my dad was doing” Erik said. “And I saw a lady coming out of the roof, and my brother went and got the ladder, and ran it down there to help her get down from the roof. It bad out there.”

“I hope somebody would do the same thing for me, if they see me in the same situation,” Maunel said. “You got to do what you have to do, you have to help the community out.”

They also added that they didn’t know the family who needed help.

More on the fire

Firefighters with the Rochester Fire Department responded to a house fire on Saturday afternoon on Arnett Boulevard shortly after 12:30 p.m.

When fire crews arrived, they saw heavy smoke and flames from the driveway of a 2.5-story house and saw people escaping the fire by climbing down from a porch roof.

Firefighters said there were two vehicles that were burning in the driveway.

All the occupants were able to make it out of the structure safely but did say their dog was still inside the house. Fire crews located the dog and brought it out of the house safely.

Fire crews say they were hampered by a broken fire hydrant. An extra pumper was called to augment the water supply from another hydrant.

Fire crews found fire from the first floor to the attic and that additional attack lines were placed outside to control the vehicles that were on fire.

According to firefighters, it took about 25 minutes to control the fire. The home sustained heavy damage to all three floors.

The Red Cross was called to assist two occupants. RG&E was called to cut the electric and gas service to the structure.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but firefighters say it may have been caused by a cigarette that was discarded into a trash tote in between one of the vehicles and the house.

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