ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Fire crews are working Tuesday morning to put out the hotspots of a massive, five-alarm fire at a warehouse on Otis Street that occurred the evening prior.

According to firefighters, the warehouse was over 52,000 square feet and filled with piles of wooden pallets, feeding the flames. The roof and three walls of the warehouse collapsed.

One firefighter said that this isn’t the first time that fire crews were called to the warehouse, adding that squatters have lived in the building for years.

Firefighters say some residents have been evacuated as a precaution, as the flames are threatening nearby homes. RG&E disconnected power to the warehouse, which also affected homes in the area. The occupants affected are being assisted with housing, according to RFD.

One firefighter was injured and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The scene is expected to remain active for hours, possibly into the early morning.

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