ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester firefighters spent three hours working to put out a three-alarm fire on Murray Street early Tuesday morning.
The building, on the city’s west side, was so heavily damaged that the front of it had to be demolished.
Two guard dogs were inside and died as a result of the fire. No one else was inside or injured.
Firefighters say they got the call for the fire at the cooling and heating business at 2:45 a.m. The flames were so intense when crews arrived that they escalated the incident to a three-alarm fire. The roof of the entrance caved in due to the heat and flames.
It was an emotional morning for workers who live across the street. They say they had two German Shepard guard dogs, who were inside the building in a separate room, and they died of smoke inhalation.
“It’s really sad, it’s like losing a person, but we’re really devastated. It’s going to be hard,” said Anthony Lequear, dog owner.
“Due to the compromise of the structure’s stability of the building, we have building services in and they had determined that the front end of the building will have to be demolished,” said RFD Lt. Ryan Fleming.
Demolition crews are expected to spend most of the day clearing out the area, as the front side of the building is a complete loss.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.