Rochester home fire kills boy, 12; 8 people go to hospital

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A fire engulfed a Rochester home, killing a 12-year-old as one or more other people leaped from windows to escape the flames, authorities said.

Rochester police officers were near the Hague Street house for unrelated reasons when they spotted the blaze and ran in, helping a number of people get out as firefighters were called around 9:45 a.m., according to police and fire officials.

The officers didn’t “have any firefighting equipment or fireproof jackets or any of that stuff, just their regular uniforms like this, for running into a burning building,” Police Lt. Greg Bello told reporters at the scene.

Firefighters arrived, heard the 12-year-old boy was still inside and found him while battling the flames, the Rochester Fire Department said in a statement. He was taken to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries, the department said.

At least one person jumped from a window, officials said.

“Today is a tragic day for these people — the worst day of their lives, probably,” Rochester Fire Executive Deputy Chief Andrew Lonthair told reporters.

Eight of the home’s residents, including six children, survived and were taken to a hospital as a precaution, the Fire Department said. Two police officers also were taken to a hospital and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Police Department.

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