Bomb squad investigates building on Ridgeway Avenue
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (GSL SHOW) - UPDATE: The building's owner, Eric Reynolds, has been charged in connection to the case. The Rochester Fire Department's Arson Task Force discovered evidence hidden at a home on 64 Kircher Park. Authorities say the building on Ridgeway Avenue was damaged by an explosion.
The Rochester Fire Department responded to a call for a smell of gas coming from the building at 401 Ridgeway Avenue around 5:00 Monday evening. According to the fire department, the building is a vacant apartment building. photo A bomb squad reported to the scene and sent a robot into the building to investigate. According to the Fire Department, the bomb squad found unknown items inside the building, but could not provide details on what those items were. "They did find some unknown devices in there so of course we proceeded with extreme caution for safety sake. The bomb squad is on CPAs because of the gasoline fumes," said Lt. Dana Cielinski of the Rochester Fire Department. The bomb squad was sent in at least four times for further investigation. People living in the surrounding blocks were evacuated and brought to a nearby shelter, as the bomb squad investigates. Ridgeway Avenue was shut down between Dewey Avenue and Daisy Street for most of the night, but has since been reopened. One person News 8 spoke to said she used to live in the building where the incident occurred before it was abandoned. She said there was always commotion going on inside. "There's crack heads and drug attics you know and drug dealers who lived in that building. I'm just surprised because this is an abandoned building," said Brittany.