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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • Apartment building heavily damaged by fire

  • A fire at the Parklands at Chili sent 4 people to the hospital, forced 7 people from their homes and damaged 8 luxury apartments. The complex is located off Route 259 in North Chili, just south of 490.

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  • A fire at the Parklands at Chili sent 4 people to the hospital, forced 7 people from their homes and damaged 8 luxury apartments. The complex is located off Route 259 in North Chili, just south of 490.
    When newlyweds Roxanne and Eric LaManna learned the apartment above theirs was on fire, only two things mattered: Abby, and Charlie.
    Abby is their 10-year-old cat, and Charlie is their dog. They were nowhere around when the two arrived.
    After firefighters were unsuccessful in finding the animals in the apartment, the chief let Roxanne suit up and go in herself. Once inside, she couldn't see anything, but she says a gut feeling told her to look around.
    "Chief said here's a flashlight check for yourself if that will give you peace of mind...don't I look right under the bed and it flashes right on her eyes," says Roxanne.
    The LaManna's apartment was one of 8 damaged in the fire that started on the balcony of an apartment at the Parklands. The call came in around 4:40.
    Jason Holt was walking his dog. He says he saw the fire, and says it looked like a patio chair was on fire.
    "So I ran back to the house and grabbed a fire extinquisher thinking maybe I could reach it from the ground because I wasn't sure if anybody was home. By the time I got out 30 seconds later, it was gone. It was pretty quick," says Holt.
    Holt says it was like something out of a movie. It didn't seem real.
    When firefighters arrived, the entire roof had caved in. Chili's fire marshall and building inspector were nearby when the call came in. They got there before the fire department.
    Scott Miller's instincts as a firefighter kicked in. He says he and the other man started running around knocking on doors, and pushed a couple doors in.
    The bravery almost cost Miller his life. He wasn't in fire gear. While he was in one of the apartments, there was a blast. He had to run through the fire to get out.
    "I turned around in the bedroom and the whole ceiling in the livingroom ceiling collapsed. That was the only way out. I'm very fortunate. I'm very lucky, but there was a moment there I was a little nervous," says Miller.
    Four people were taken to the hospital, but early reports say none of the injuries are serious.
    Meanwhile, the LaMannas are asking for help to find their dog Charlie. He's a brown greyhound, about 85 pounds. The LaMannas think he was frightened by the fire.
    If you see him in the North Chili area, you're asked to please call or text Roxanne at 749-1646
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