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Explosion sets city home, ammo aflame

Rochester, N.Y. -  An explosion in the basement of a Rochester home caused the structure to burn and ammunition to go off Monday night.

Firefighters were called to Arbordale Avenue around 8 p.m. for the report of a structure fire.

13WHAM News has learned the owner of the house was in the basement when some type of explosion occurred. The explosion blew him back, but he was able to get up, go the first floor and help his wife and child out of the house.

From there, the homeowner went back inside to get his dog out.

What surprised firefighters was when loose ammo shells started to go off like firecrackers. Firefighters then used the building as shelter.

Our biggest issue with ammunition that starts burning is its going to pop like a firecracker, sometimes a little bit louder, but were always concerned about a round in a guns chamber.

Thats a totally different animal, said Deputy Chief Martin McMillan.

No firefighters were hurt.

The home is not livable at this point, as the fire extended into the first floor.

The homeowner was transported to the hospital as a precaution. His wife and child were unharmed.

The cause of the initial explosion is still under investigation.

 
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