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House collapses after three-alarm fire on Jefferson Avenue

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) — The Rochester Fire Department are investigating the cause of a three-alarm structure fire Wednesday, Christmas morning.

According to firefighters, the fire started at a vacant home on Jefferson Avenue in Rochester around 5 a.m. When it started to spread to other homes.

Two homes have fire and smoke damage and one home, the first one that caught fire, collapsed.

“We’ve got well over a dozen apparatus here. Between 70 to 80 firefighters on scene,” Lieutenant Ryan Fleming said, of the Rochester Fire Department.

“There are no injuries that are being reported at this time.”

Neighbors were safely evacuated before the home collapsed.

“I said, ‘wow that’s a real fire, look how its burning.’ It was getting larger and larger. So then I came out and came down and said, ‘we need to go down there and make sure if anybody is in there, they need to get out,” Willie Tookes, who witnessed the fire, said.

A public bus and AMR were on scene just in case people needed to keep warm. The families affected are being assisted by the red cross.

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