Fairport office building goes up in flames | News
Flames were raging Monday morning in Perinton. An early morning blaze -- destroyed an office building at Fairport Office Centre off Fairport Road near the canal.
Kevin Brogan ran a family business out of Building 700 and showed up at the scene after getting a call from his security company.
"It was a lot worse than I thought," said Brogan. "The roof collapsed. There's lots of extensive water damage, and the computers - some of them have been melted."
The fire started just before 4 a.m. No one was hurt. We'll never know what started the fire. Because of all the damage, the Monroe County Fire Bureau has ruled the cause "undetermined."
There are seven buildings at the Fairport Office Centre. The fire was contained to Building 700. Fairport Fire Chief John Welker says it could have been a lot worse. He says some firefighters were coming back from responding to a car accident on the other side of town when they smelled smoke.
"So they came down here and investigated, and by that time the fire was just breaking through the roof," said Chief Welker.
It took firefighters from multiple companies about an hour and a half to get under control.
"As you can see, the building is pretty much a total loss here," Chief Welker said.
Kevin Brogan owns Alouette Tool Company and isn't sure what he's going to do now.
"It's just a total shock," said Brogan. "You're thinking how are we going to contact our customers? How are we going to contact them and let them know we had a fire and we can't ship anything?"
Brogan thinks it will take a few months to get back up and running.
We found out there were no sprinklers in the building. Chief Welker tells us the fire alarm didn't go off until the fire was well under way.
Monroe County Fire Bureau Coordinator Sam DeRosa says they don't have any reason to believe this fire was anything but accidental, but because there is so much damage to the building the cause is undetermined.