ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — No one is injured following a three-alarm fire at a storage and warehouse facility on Leighton Avenue Sunday evening.
Multiple crews — including those from the Penfield Fire Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office — arrived to dark clouds of smoke at around 7:30 p.m. Officials on scene worked into the morning to put out any hot spots at the facility.
According to firefighters, the warehouse is surrounded by several businesses, all of which went unscathed thanks to a firewall.
“This is a large building with a lot of businesses and right now, we have a firewall that’s located right here that’s preventing the fire from traveling to the unaffected side,” said Captain David Abdoch of the Rochester Fire Department. “So right now, we are doing everything we can to get as much water and manpower to keep this fire at bay.”
According to a Twitter thread by local business Fleet Feet, the warehouse on Leighton Avenue was used to store more than 25 years’ worth of its store equipment. Members of the fitness and running company issued the following statement following the fire:
“Please be patient with us these next few weeks to months while we work to rebuild, but we will still have our events and we will still be cheering you to the finish lines. It just might look a little different. Thank you first responders, for everything you do for our community.”
Fire crew members say the fire may have begun from a burning car found near the facility. A full investigation into the cause is currently being carried out.
Loud bangs filled the air which, according to fire officials, were the sounds of tires exploding inside the warehouse. No other information is available at this time.
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