Two firefighters dead after being shot while responding to house fire; suspect dead
December 24th, 2012
11:55 AM ET

Two firefighters dead after being shot while responding to house fire; suspect dead

[Updated at 11:55 a.m. ET]  The shooter who killed two firefighters in upstate New York on Monday is dead, Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering told reporters.

"The threat has been eliminated. The shooter is believed to be deceased at the scene," he said, adding that it appears the shooter set a trap for the firefighters.

[Updated at 9:48 a.m. ET] Two firefighters were killed when one or more shooters opened fire at the scene of house fire in upstate New York on Monday, police said.

[Posted at 8:39 a.m. ET] Firefighters who responded to a fire in Webster, New York, were shot at as they tried to put out flames that tore through a home, the town's fire marshal told CNN.

Gunfire erupted as firefighters responded to a call shortly before 6 a.m. Monday at a residence on Lake Road in the small town of Webster, Fire Marshal Rob Boutillier said. Webster is about 15 miles east of Rochester, New York, near Lake Ontario.

Two firefighters from the scene are now being treated at a hospital in Rochester, according to Strong Memorial Hospital public relations director Terry D'Agostino.

Boutillier said one of the firefighters was in satisfactory condition.

He also said the fire has spread to a second house in the neighborhood. Firefighters are currently not fighting the active fire, according to Boutillier, because of the gunfire.

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  1. steve

    fire dept scanner

    December 24, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    @ Steve, then your here too?

    December 24, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. steve

    yes in henrietta

    December 24, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Did say the suspects are at large?

    December 24, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    I only ask because I'm so very close to the scene

    December 24, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Oh, I'm minutes from it, I'm on old Ridge Road by Gravel st

    December 24, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. steve

    sounds like they are definitley looking for someone in the area.

    December 24, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Ok, I'm locking my door now!!!

    December 24, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mr Grinch

    Fight fire with FireARMS!

    December 24, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    Four fighter fighters shot , 2 dead . No active suspect search. Why?

    December 24, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. steve

    one of the houses on fire is getting close to a gas line.....

    December 24, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Just updated 2 firefighters dead 2 injured. Awful.

    December 24, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. steve

    they have a perimeter established, not sure how they are not seeing where shots are coming from.... especially with helo's in the air and swat team on site..

    December 24, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    Swat teams are taking neighbors out at the scene

    December 24, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Adam

    Such a horrific event. The police chief just confirmed four Firefighters shot, with two confirmed dead.

    December 24, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
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