ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — An apartment complex on Alexander Street was heavily damaged following an overnight fire Friday.

According to fire crew members, the incident occurred at a rooming house on 432 Alexander Street. Officials say approximately 20 single-room apartments were affected by the fire.

Several of those rooms sustained heavy damage due to a rapid spread of fire within the structure. Firefighters say escape exits were blocked from the second floor, which could have trapped some residents inside the building.

Investigators believe a vehicle fire near the side entrance of the apartment complex was what caused the fire to spread inside the building.

A nearby resident captured video of the blaze moments before authorities arrived at the scene around 2 a.m. The video shows a parked car engulfed in flames, which later spread in the structure.

Video of the fire

Authorities say some residents were able to self-evacuate, but others required firefighter assistance. An investigation is currently underway to determine how the vehicle fire began.


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