Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire in the basement of a Rochester home Monday night, which led to multiple explosions.
When firefighters arrived at the Arbordale Avenue home, the fire had ignited ammunition inside, causing it to explode.
Because of the dangerous conditions, firefighters battled the blaze from the outside. The house suffered smoke, heat and water damage.
Firefighters say the man who owns the home was able to get his wife, child and dog out of the home, but two cats died in the fire.
"Out biggest issue with ammunition that starts burning is that it's going to pop like a firecracker, sound very similar to that, sometimes a little bit louder. What we're always concerned about is, does somebody have a round in a gun that's chambered, that's a totally different animal, so that's just like pulling a trigger when it goes off and that can kill somebody," said Deputy Chief Martin McMillan of the Rochester Fire Department.
McMillan said most of the firefighters were told to get behind the equipment while the ammunition was going off, and until the fire was knocked down.
The homeowner was transported to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and has since been released.
The Rochester Red Cross is providing food and clothing for the family.
The investigation into what caused the explosion continues.