Updated: 05/16/2014 11:23 AM
Created: 05/16/2014 11:20 AM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 News) – Rochester Fire crews are still working at the scene of a house fire that happened early Thursday morning.
They’re pumping out all of the water they used to fight that blaze, which has pooled in the basement. They’re also shoring the structure so they can safety get inside.
The fire was originally reported by neighbors who saw smoke billowing from the home at 3rd Avenue Southwest. Emergency responders recognized it as a half-way home, and quickly searched for anyone inside. They didn't find anyone, and got in touch with the owner, who confirmed nobody was living there currently.
The fire took quite some time to fight, because the fire had been burning for some time in the basement before crews arrived and had gotten into the walls and structure of the old home. Part of the floor had collapsed, which posed a danger to firefighters.
Firefighters cut holes into the building to expose the fire in the walls. Their goal was to protect nearby houses, which they did.
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries, one to the hand, another his foot. The home is considered to be a total loss, but a dollar figure hasn't been estimated at this time.