Rochester, NY



Smoke Detectors Save 13 People

(Rochester, N.Y.)-The Rochester Fire Department says smoke detectors saved 13 people from an apartment fire early Saturday morning.

Firefighters were called to the scene of a fire at the corner of University Ave. and Alexander Street around 4:20 Saturday morning. The two-and-a-half story structure was a house divided up into apartments. Eight people lived at the residence, but five people were visiting. All 13 people in the house got out safely.

The top floor and attic were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The fire was under control around 5:30 am.

A neighboring house at 395 University Ave. suffered heat damage, and four cars parked between the two houses were damaged.

Rochester Fire Department Deputy Chief Scotty Williams says it was the fire detectors, previously installed by their Department, that saved the 13 people from the blaze.

Williams says the Rochester Fire Department will be in the area of University and Alexander Saturday afternoon to talk about smoke detectors and fire safety.