4 Firefighters Shot, 2 Dead, After Responding To Blaze

A gunman opened fire on firefighters responding to a blaze at a house in a Rochester suburb early Monday, killing two firefighters and injured two others.

Webster, N.Y., police Chief Gerald Pickering said “one or more shooters” fired at the firefighters when they arrived around 5:45 a.m. ET at the scene near the shore of Lake Ontario in western New York state.

There was no active shooter at the scene by late morning, according to Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn, the Associated Press reported.

Fire Marshal Rob Boutillier said the blaze was allowed to spread until the scene was secured. As a helicopter whirled overhead, firefighters were finally able to begin attacking the blaze, which had spread to three homes and a vehicle.

The two injured firefighters were in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds, according to a hospital spokeswoman, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported.

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