The Rochester Fire Department responded to a fire at a single-family residence on Langham Street in which an adult female was found deceased on Sunday morning.
The fire was reported at 7:17 a.m. and the first units arrived within minutes.
Firefighters were able to suppress the bulk of the blaze within 15 minutes upon arrival. While putting out the fire they discovered the victim’s body inside the residence.
Firefighters were able to have the fire under control shortly before 8 a.m.
“We wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim of this fire,” Rochester Fire Chief Will Jackson said. “It is always a terrible day for the Rochester Fire Department when we deal with a loss of life.”
Firefighters said the victim’s husband was not home when the fire broke out.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters did not find any evidence of suspicious activity. The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the cause of death.
This is one of several fires the Rochester Fire Department has responded to in recent weeks. RFD does not believe any of these fires are related.
Firefighters said that approximately two-thirds of the recent fires occurred due to unattended cooking or careless discharge of smoking materials.
“We encourage all residents to practice fire safety,” Chief Jackson said. “Respect fire at all times. Keep matches and lighters away from children. Pay attention to open flames while cooking and make sure cigarettes and smoking materials are properly discarded. Make sure every home has a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. Remember the acronym EDITH: Exit Drill In The Home. Have an escape plan with a meeting place outside the home and practice it with your family.”
Chief Jackson said that if you don’t have a working smoke alarm, you can obtain one from the RFD by calling 311.