One firefighter was injured as a flames engulfed a warehouse filled with pallets on Rochester’s west side this afternoon.
Crew arrived to find pallets on fire outside the sprawling building at 301 Otis Street around 5 p.m. and the fire quickly extended to the structure.
“It’s a large warehouse and we’ve got heavy fire,” spokesman Capt. David Abdoch said in a live stream from the scene. “All the firefighters are working their hardest right now to extinguish it. We’re trying to do it safely.”
The second and third alarms were struck minutes apartment, with the fourth and fifth alarms called as crews set up all the city’s aerial ladders and water supplies were needed to protect nearby homes from the intense flames.
Firefighters and police went door-to-door to ensure the occupants of the threatened homes were able to escape, WHEC.com reports.
TKTK said they were using multiple master streams and ladder pipes to extinguish the fire.
Three walls and the roof collapsed, according to WROC.
The firefighter suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the television station.