• Intense blaze destroys multiple homes in Rochester


    ROCHESTER, Pa. - An intense fire consumed three houses and melted the siding of a fourth house in Rochester Sunday evening.

    No one was injured in the fire, but two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.

    Several fire departments battled the blaze on Park Street.


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    Officials said that the woman who owns the house that first caught on fire takes in shelter pets and had ten dogs in the home.

    Two of the dogs and one cat are still missing.


    "It's a nice close community and everybody knows everybody, so it's a real tragedy for them...devastating," said John Sheline. He rents out one of the homes that burned.

    Sheline told Channel 11 News the man who lives there was outside when the fire began. He smelled smoke coming from the home next door and quickly ran in to get clothing for his son.

    According to firefighters, neighbors saw a fire in the kitchen of one of the homes. No one was home when the fire started. 

    The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross is assisting six adults and four children with food, clothing and local transportation. 

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