Jun 19, 2016 10:24 PM
GONIC - A massive six-alarm fire in Rochester's Gonic neighborhood displaces seven people causing a portion of Main street to be shut down until further notice. The hot temperatures also made for a difficult and dangerous fight for crews.
It was a chaotic scene, with about a hundred firefighters trying to get a six-alarm fire under control. The fire spread across multiple buildings and those who live in the apartments stood across the street as they watched fire trucks drench their charred home with water. They say they're lucky they made it out in time.
"I ran", said Sheila Lulek, I tried to grab the cat but couldn't get him, he's okay though" she said. "I closed the door and ran down the stairs, I had to borrow these shoes from someone" said Lulek pointing to a pair of sandals on her feet.
Lulek says she has lived in the apartment above Renaissance Firearms for about 10 years and has never experienced anything like this.
"The flames were between the two buildings and when I became aware of it was hot, inside my apartment I could feel the heat" said Lulek.
One of the two businesses next door to the apartments is a restaurant called Phagins restaurant. Locals say the owners are new to the building taking over the location that's been a staple in the community for years.
"We come here on guys night every Tuesday and we're here for the sports Sundays, it's sad it sucks" said Tommy Marshall who lives down the street form where the fire started.
The other business is a gun shop.
"One of our sales associates lives close by and I got a text while at the park with my kids, and it said call me emergency. It's extremely unusual to get a text like that" said Scot Villeneuve who is the marketing consultant for Renaissance Firearms.
The store was closed so no one was inside at the time. Employees say there's extensive water and smoke damage to the building.
"No one was hurt, that was the important thing" , said Villeneuve, "No matter what happens Renaissance Firearms will still be in business" he said.
Multiple towns assisted, including a task force out of the lakes region. As crews fought the fire and the hot weather.
"We're mandating that anyone that anyone after any period of exertion has to go into the rehab section, cool down, get hydrated and be checked by medical staff" said Deputy Chief Tim Wilder of the Rochester Fire Department.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but neighbors say there may have been kids setting off fire-crackers.
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