By John Spaulding
The Rochester (NY) Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 757 Chili Avenue at a little before 19:00 hours Tuesday evening. The first-arriving truck company found heavy fire and smoke emitting from the first floor of a 2.5-story dwelling.
After making entry, firefighters found a basement fire well involved extending into the first floor by several holes already burned through. The fire eventually made it into the second floor.
The house is untenable and two occupants were not injured in the house that was divided into two apartments. An extra engine company was called to the scene for staffing, according to acting Deputy Chief Rick Yackel.
The area has seen two heavy snowfalls recently, with many hydrants buried. It took about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. Chief Yackel estimated at least an hour in overhaul to be completed. One of the main roads that runs through the west side of the city was closed for the duration.
One firefighter sustained a minor injury, but went back to work after being treated.
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