ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A three-alarm house fire broke out in a home on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Rosedale Street on Tuesday around 10:20 a.m.
Firefighters urged motorists to avoid the area while they work to contain the fire, assess the damage, and begin cleaning up. Officials say roads in the area will be closed until approximately 3:30 p.m.
Billowing smoke could be seen from the First Federal Building downtown.
More than 80 firefighters were on scene to battle the fire that started in the roof and grew to damage about nine units in the building. Firefighters on scene said because of the intensity of the fire and the conditions outside, they had to pause for a moment and regroup before tackling the fire.
According to RFD, 21 people lived in the building and all people and pets are accounted for.
The Red Cross is assisting those who are effected as RFD officials say they don’t know if the building is salvageable at this time.
No one was injured in the fire and the cause is still under investigation.
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