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Rochester NY Firefighters respond to a car and home on fire

By GUY ZAMPATORI JR, Correspondent | June 29, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 070121109

Rochester NY Firefighters rescued several dogs and other pets that were trapped when a car caught fire in a driveway before severely damaging two nearby houses.
Initially, crews were called to a residential address over reports of gunfire, but when firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a burning car in a driveway and saw flames spreading to two nearby homes. Officials believe the car's exploding tires might have created a similar sound to gunshots. The fire tore through the attic of a two-family house, and firefighters tried to put out the flames with an interior attack, but dangerous conditions forced them to pull back, according to Deputy Chief Jim Ryan. The amount of damage the house sustained likely will force it to be demolished, he added.

Flames caused severe damage to the outside of a neighboring home, and it's currently unsafe to stay in. The car where the fire originated—which was parked between the two homes—also sustained serious damage.

Two firefighters were injured battling the fire. They were taken to the hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening before being released.

Four adults and five children who were home at the time of the fire were able to safely escape the flames.

Crews also were able to save a handful of pets.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.