Rochester, New York – Firefighters made a grim discovery in a vacant home on the city’s northwest side that was engulfed in flames early Thursday morning. Responding to an emergency call, crews arrived at the house on Fulton Avenue just before 7 a.m. Their efforts to extinguish the fire led to the uncovering of a tragic scene.
Inside the recently boarded-up home, firefighters found the body of a man. It was determined that he had broken into the vacant property and was squatting there. Unfortunately, during the fire, the man was unable to escape and succumbed to the blaze.
The circumstances surrounding the fire’s origin are currently under investigation. Authorities are trying to ascertain the cause of the fire and whether it was set intentionally. As part of the investigation, any individuals with information or video footage relevant to the incident are urged to come forward. Contact can be made by calling 911, reaching out to the Rochester Police Department Major Crimes Unit at 428-7157, or informing Crime Stoppers at 423-9300. Additionally, tips can be emailed to [email protected].
This incident has cast a pall over the community, highlighting the dangers faced by individuals squatting on vacant properties and the potential risks of fire in such structures. The investigation continues as officials seek answers to bring clarity to this unfortunate event.