A soon-to-be assisted living facility in the town of Henrietta has been completely destroyed following a major fire.
According to Spectrum News, the three-alarm fire at an old hotel is not only a complete loss of a building, but it will now cost the property owners $10 million to rebuild. Flames were seen shooting out of the Old Country Inn and Suites building on West Henrietta Road near Rochester. Over 100 firefighters and first responders were called to the scene to help combat the fire and take it down. When firefighters arrived at the scene, 30% of the building had already been fully engulfed in flames. One million gallons of water and five hours were used to put out the fire.
WXXI says the building had to be completely demolished following the conflagration. At the time of the fire, the building was in the process of being renovated and built into an assisted living facility. Because of all the construction, the sprinkler system and fire alarms had been turned off. Luckily, no one was reported injured. There is another hotel located right next door, but no one from that venue was injured either.
Fire officials say that if the alarms and sprinklers had been functioning, the property owners would have only had a couple thousand dollars of damages on their hands. But since all of the fire prevention and alerting systems had been powered down, they now owe a lot more than just a few thousand dollars.
The use of both automatic sprinklers and early warning systems in all buildings could reduce overall injuries, loss of life, and damage by at least 50%. Henrietta Fire Chief Mark Stryzynski spoke with local Rochester media regarding the fire and how the working alarms could have prevented damages and saved money.
“Those sprinklers, if they were there, I’m sure that fire would have been a couple thousand dollar loss, now we’re talking a $10 million loss,” Stryzynski said. “I think the value of sprinklers has to be understood. If you’re building a house, spend the extra money and put a sprinkler in your house. From a life safety perspective, sprinklers save lives.”