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Bomb squad called to Ridgeway Ave. home after 'devices' found

Ridgeway Avenue, Rochester (Photo: Rob Henry)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A stretch of Ridgeway Avenue in Rochester reopened early Tuesday morning after police shut it down for an investigation.

Rochester Police and firefighters were focused on a residence at 401 Ridgeway Avenue.

According to Rochester firefighters, a citizen walked to the nearby firehouse and indicated they smelled gasoline in the building. Rochester firefighters were called in, and investigators on scene found what they suspected to be gasoline. A bomb squad was called in to remove the liquid and put it into metal drums to be disposed of later.

Neighbors say the building is vacant and have noticed kids breaking into the building recently.

"When the whole thing first started, we thought it was just a bunch of kids, who got in there and started a fire," said Misty Bernao, who lives nearby. "'Cause all we saw were the firetrucks and stuff."

A stay-in-place order was put in place for neighbors.

The hazmat situation was closed down shortly before 2:30 a.m. The road was reopened around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Rochester Police have not yet said if there are any arrests or charges resulting from this situation.

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