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Rochester fire officials investigate Langham St. house fire where a woman died

Spectrum News

Rochester fire officials say a woman was found dead after a fire on the city’s northeast side on Sunday morning.

The fire inside the single-family house was reported just after 7:00 a.m.  Authorities say that firefighters were able to knock down much of the fire within 15 minutes after they arrived. They found the body of an adult woman inside.

There’s no other information yet on her identity.  The cause of the fire is under investigation but it is not believed to be suspicious.

This is one of several fires the RFD has responded to in recent weeks. But officials say there is no connection between them. Authorities do say that approximately two-thirds of the recent fires occurred due to unattended cooking or careless discharge of smoking materials.

“We encourage all residents to practice fire safety,” said Chief Will Jackson. “Respect fire at all times. Keep matches and lighters away from children. Pay attention to open flames while cooking and make sure cigarettes and smoking materials are properly discarded. Make sure every home has a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.”

If you don’t have a working smoke alarm, you can obtain one from the RFD by calling 311.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.