new York firefighters were called to the upstate New York blaze on Lake Road about 5:30 a.m. Authorities said there could be one or more shooters Monday morning.
Written by Erik Ortiz
The scene of a house fire on Lake Road in Webster, N.Y., on Monday morning.
A gunman shot four firefighters and killed two of them at the scene of a house fire in the upstate New York town of Webster on Monday morning, officials said.
The Monroe County Sherrif’s Office evacuated the neighborhood after at least one shooter attacked near Rochester. The Christmas Eve blaze burned three homes and a car as firefighters fought flames alongside cops searching for the shooting suspect or suspects.
A SWAT team was sent in to evacuate residents and secure the area from at least one gunman Monday morning, officials in Webster, N.Y., said.
Fire crews were called to the scene on Lake Road just after 5:30 a.m. The shooting, however, forced officials to halt fighting the blaze, which spread to two other neighboring homes, Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn said.
At least one firefighter was listed in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, Webster Fire Marshal Rob Boutillier told the Democrat and Chronicle.
The extent of injuries to the other firefighter wasn’t immediately known. Investigators also didn’t say exactly how two of the firefighters died.
Two Webster firefighters responding to the house fire Monday morning were killed.
The sherrif’s office said fire crews were beginning to tackle the fire again before 10 a.m.
It wasn’t known what caused the initial inferno or if anyone was hurt inside the affected homes.
Webster resident Michael Damico told the Democrat and Chronicle that a SWAT team had responded to the area and evacuated parts of the neighborhood where the shooting occurred.
“Some people on this bus already watched their houses burn,” Damico said. “They’re not happy.”