ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A firefighter was hospitalized Monday after injuring his back fighting a house fire on Berlin Street.
The Rochester Fire Department was called to the scene around 5:40 p.m. According to the department, first responders saw smoke and flames outside the boarded-up home.
Crews say the board made it difficult to get inside the house, and caused an early delay in their efforts. That delay allowed the fire to grow more severe. Another engine company was called to the scene to help.
Firefighters say it ultimately took 40 minutes to bring the flames under control. During that time, a firefighter injured his back and was taken to Rochester General Hospital for treatment.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.