Family displaced after fire at downtown Rochester apartment building

Fire Department

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A single adult along with five children were rescued following a large fire at the Manhattan Square Apartment building in downtown Rochester Wednesday night.

Authorities responded to the report of smoke coming from the second floor around 2:15 a.m. The Rochester Fire Department forced entry into the high-rise residence and began working on extinguishing the fire.

Smoke spread throughout multiple floors and caused a number of occupants to be trapped in their apartments of the 17-story building. Firefighters assisted occupants to safely evacuate the structure.

Medical crews were called to access those exposed to smoke during the evacuation. According to officials, all residents refused medical attention.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire.

The Rochester Fire Department is continuing to investigate the cause of the incident.


Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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