Updated 01/26/2012 06:39 PM
Fire Guts Locust Street House
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Fire investigators are looking for the cause of a house fire on Rochester's northwest side which sent several people to the hospital.
Fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. Thursday in a two-story house on Locust Street. Firefighters say some of the people inside the home had to escape the fire by jumping out second floor windows.
Two adults and two children were treated for smoke inhalation. A firefighter was also taken to the hospital, for treatment of minor burns.
Intense smoke and flame forced firefighters to battle the blaze from the outside.
"Because of the report of people trapped, the guys put a little extra effort to get in there and do a quick search, but with the heavy volume of fire they got pushed out fairly quickly,” said Executive Deputy Chief Sam Mitrano of the Rochester Fire Department.
"By the time I got to the side door, the glasses were popping. The heat, the smoke. Blew 'em up!" said Christopher Ward, a neighbor.
None of the injuries were described as life threatening. Investigators are trying to find out what caused the fire.