Two Webster firefighters are dead and two were in guarded condition after a gunman opened fire as they responded to an early morning blaze near Rochester, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
Officials confirmed that the two firefighters were killed and the other two were in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds, according to a hospital spokeswoman, the D&C reported.
There are no active shooters at the scene and firefighters have resumed battling the blazes, according to a news conference held at 9:40 a.m. by Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn.
The fire broke out at 5:45 a.m. at 191 Lake Road on the Irondequoit Bay side of the street.
Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering said shots were fired at West Webster firefighters when they arrived on the scene. Four firefighters were hit, two fatally.
“I’m not aware of anything like this happening in Webster, obviously not a firefighter being fired upon,” Webster Fire Marshal Rob Boutillier said.
One firefighter who was shot managed to get away from the scene and over the outlet bridge to his car.