Child dead, 8 hospitalized, officers injured at house fire in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A child has died and eight others, including six other children, were hospitalized after a house fire in the area of Campbell and Hague Streets in Rochester Monday.

Around 9:45 a.m. the Rochester Fire Department responded to Hague Street for the report of a house fire and upon arrival found a working fire.

According to the Rochester Police Locust Club, the local police union, officers were the first ones to respond to the scene because they were on the street for an unrelated incident.

Three officers went into the building and helped rescue three or four other residents from the home. Two officers were injured while responding and taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Officials confirmed one person jumped from the second story.

“Upon arrival, the fire department was advised that there was a 12 year old still inside the house,” RFD officials said in a release.

“Crews aggressively searched for the child while battling the fire. A 12 year old boy was found inside by firefighters and removed from the house.” The boy was taken to an area hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

Eight residents who escaped the fire prior to the arrival of RFD — two adults and six children — were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

“I don’t know how to put the bravery of those officers into words,” Rochester Police Lt. Greg Bello said. “They don’t have any fire-fighting equipment or fireproof jackets, or any of that stuff, just their regular stuff like this and running into a building.”

According to RFD, it took approximately 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. RFD says the fire started on the first floor, but the cause is still under investigation.

“Today is Memorial Day, everybody is out supposed to be having a good time and enjoying their families, today is a tragic day for these people. The worst day of their lives probably,” Rochester Fire Executive Deputy Chief Andrew Lonthair said.

The home sustained major damage and was deemed unlivable.

“It’s a tragic situation, an unfortunate loss of life, but overall, I am proud of those couple of members of the RPD who heroically saved some lives today. Often times, they are on the negative side of the reporting, but it needs to be highlighted that those officers literally put their lives on the line before the EMTs and the fire department came. I just want to highlight that too,” Neighbor of the family said Abidan Muhammad, a nearby neighbor. “Regardless of your race, creed or color, if you’re house burning down do you really care who put your house out, regardless your of race, creed and color do you really care who save your life? As long as they save your life, do you care about the uniform that they are in? As long as they are doing good work, that is what we care about.”

Mayor Lovely Warren released a statement Monday on the Hague Street fire:

“My heart and my prayers are with the family of the child that lost their life in today’s fire. I am tremendously grateful to our police officers and firefighters for their heroism to prevent further tragedy. I also pray for the quick and full recovery of all that were injured, and ask that our community join me in doing so.”

This is a developing story. News 8 WROC will provide updates as they become available.

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