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Monday, February 6, 2012

Fire Damages Duplex in Rochester

City firefighters this morning battled a house fire in northeast Rochester.

Firefighters were called to 86 Forester St. about 8:30 a.m. Several residents were inside the 2 ½-story duplex and escaped safely before firefighters arrived at the scene, said Deputy Fire Chief Martin McMillan. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters arrived to find flames and smoke rising from the rear of the duplex, he said. The fire flashed over in that area, causing the windows to blow out, he said.

The right side of the house — 86 Forester — sustained heavy fire and smoke damage and is not livable, McMillan said. The other side of the duplex— 88 Forester — had smoke damage, he said. It was not immediately clear if residents of that side of the house will be displaced.

Fifteen people including seven adults and eight children lived in the house, he said. The American Red Cross of Greater Rochester was called to the scene.

McMillan said it appeared the fire started in 86 Forester. Firefighters are investigating, to determine the cause.

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