PERINTON, N.Y. (WROC) — At least 65 people lost their homes following a large apartment complex fire in Perinton early Tuesday, town officials said.

Authorities say the fire began shortly after 3:20 a.m. at the Pines of Perinton near Honeysuckle Terrace. Fire crews arrived to the location at 3:30 and reported visible flames and smoke coming from the roof of the apartments. A total of 18 units were destroyed in the blaze.

Firefighters worked to control the fire that engulfed the Pines of Perinton apartment complex in flames for more than four hours.

“We found large quantities of smoke coming from the roof of the apartment complex, the issue was that the fire spread to neighboring units,” Fairport Fire Chief John Overacker said. “The quick action of the initial company to knock out the bulk of the fire was huge, and working smoke alarms do save lives.”

Officials say resources were tapped during the early morning out due to a broken stamp on a hydrant.

“The first arriving units forced entry and the location was fully engulfed,” Chief Overacker said. “We had one hydrand that was broken off and we weren’t able to use it, we had to find other hydrants to use. This turned into a three-fire alarm, with one of the biggest isssue being accounting for people. We’re doing what we call a secondary search right now to confirm there are no other people inside the residence.”

Perinton town officials say the displaced in the fire are currently being sheltered at the Perinton Community Center. Fairport Central School District officials said the district is actively keeping residents warm and providing food.

Additionally, authorities say the Pines of Perinton staff are working with those who lost their homes to find emergency housing. American Red Cross also assisted impacted residents by providing food and shelter.

Several families at the location were periodically sheltered inside an RTS bus for warmth during the fire.

No injuries were reported in the fire. At of 8:45 a.m., fire crews declared the fire was under control.

Authorities say there is no determination to what caused the fire at this time. Investigators will be at the scene of the fire throughout most of the day as they continue to work with evidence and witnesses.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello issued the following statement about the fire Tuesday:

“Our hearts go out to our neighbors at Pines of Perinton who suffered devastating losses in this morning’s fire. I am grateful that everyone was able to escape and commend all the firefighters and first responders who battled the flames and helped evacuate people safely in the freezing cold and confusion. Monroe County is working closely with the Red Cross, Wegmans Food Markets, Foodlink, other community organizations and officials from the Town of Perinton to secure shelter and resources for the families and individuals who lost their homes today.”

(Alec Richardson / WROC)

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