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Rochester firefighters responded to a two alarm fire on Grand Avenue Monday morning. The fire destroyed a three story multi-family home.
The fire department called a second alarm because of the size of the house. It was a four-family unit. The three adults and five children who were inside at the time of the fire got out safely.
Fire crews arrived at the scene around 5:10 a.m. They saw flames and smoke shooting out of the top floor. Firefighters called in a bus so the residents could stay warm. The fire chief said it was about 18 degrees when the tenants were forced outside in their pajamas.
Luis Rivera had to evacuate his house with his sister and young nephews because the heat from the fire was damaging the homes next door.
"When I woke up I saw the whole building on fire. I don't know. I know because I live right there," said Rivera. "So I woke up and go straight to make sure everybody was okay."
"As you can see we had some exposure damage to the house next door. When the heat is coming down that far onto a house from the attic next door, that's a lot of fire," said Sam Mitrano, Rochester Fire Chief. "As we just got done talking about, the elements are not helping us this morning. 18 degrees, just about anything that comes out of the hose is freezing very quickly."
Firefighters were able to contain the fire and went in the house to save the family bird.
At this point, firefighters do not know what caused the fire.