A nearly century-old upstate building was completely destroyed in a wild Christmas Eve fire that turned the historic structure into a pile of rubble after its front facade collapsed.
The cause of the fire at City Blue Imaging, a printing company in downtown Rocheste,r was not immediately known.
Rochester --Fire Department Lt. Ryan Fleming told reporters at the scene that a lack of entry points like windows made the blaze difficult to extinguish, forcing some 70 firefighters to battle it well into the early hours of Christmas Day.
Surveillance video obtained by a local Spectrum News reporter showed the front facade of the building drop onto the street below with tremendous force shortly after 1 a.m.
Fleming said firefighters were able to get out of the building before the wall caved in. One firefighter suffered minor injuries.
Once the fire was finally put out Friday morning, the only part of the building left standing was a small section of wall featuring a mural saying “Spread Love.”
City Blue Imaging has served Rochester out of the same location since its founding in 1926. A representative for the company could not be reached for comment Friday.
An entry on the company’s website says its employees “thrive” on the “challenges of distinguishing ourselves by making service to our customers our number one priority. And we will continue to do so for the next 80 years!”