Firefighters: Child Playing With Lighter Starts House Fire on Ravine Ave.

Firefighters: Child Playing With Lighter Starts House Fire on Ravine Ave.


By TWC News Staff

Rochester firefighters were called to the same house Monday morning for the second time in two days.

The call came in about 9 a.m. Monday for the reported fire at 325 Ravine Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they say the second floor of the west side home was fully involved. It’s a single family home that was heavily occupied with eight to nine people living there.

There were reports of people trapped, but all got out safely including a number of children. It took firefighters about a half hour to bring the blaze under control.

Around 12 p.m. Sunday, firefighters declared a working fire at the same address, 325 Ravine Avenue. Investigators say it was a stove fire in the kitchen at the residence. Crews extinguished that fire quickly and no one was injured in either fire and investigators say the two are not related.

“Our fire investigation team has been here. They’ve made some preliminary determinations and without getting into a lot of specifics it could be a child play situation, a child with a lighter is a strong possibility at this point,” said Glenn Sheremeta, RFD Acting Deputy Chief.

“My mother stayed there, my daughter stayed there, my best friend and my nephew. It was shelter for a lot of people who fell on hard times,” said Barbara Andino, home owner.

The Red Cross is providing shelter for those who now have nowhere else to stay.