Fire crews were dispatched to Lake Avenue for a house on fire, but as they got there, they were also getting reports that there was a man at the scene with a gun.
Crews were called to the house around 8:45 a.m. Friday. Battalion Chief Jonathon Young says 11 people from five different apartments in the house got out safely, but now have to find a new place to stay.
As crews were getting on there, firefighters say they were told a man with a weapon was possibly present.
Young says he scanned the area, saw no one, and then went in to battle the blaze. He says safety is always first.
“Scene safety on any kind of call you go on is the first thing you look at,” Young said. “Can we arrive on scene safe? Are we going to keep our responders safe? Are we able to go ahead and do the job we’re supposed to?”
However, because there was no one actively there, companies came in and actively did their work.
Rochester Police say when they arrived they found a man with a gun in a house a few doors down from the scene. He was taken into custody. Police say no shots were fired, and no one was hurt.
Police are not saying if the fire and the gun incident are connected.
Lt. Frank DiPrimo says police and fire always work closely to make sure scenes are secure before first responders can go in.
“It’s bad enough they go into burning buildings and now they have to worry about that too,” Lt. DiPrimo said. “And same for us; we have people that are shooting policemen all over the country it seems more and more. We’re out here doing what we need to do. We’re still answering our calls and doing our jobs.”
Firefighters say the flames were a challenge to control because of the cold weather and slippery road conditions.
The Red Cross is assisting the displaced tenants.
Fire officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.