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4 firefighters shot at scene of house fire in Webster, New York; 2 confirmed dead

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WEBSTER, N.Y. - UPDATE: The police chief in Webster, N.Y., says that four firefighters were shot while responding to a blaze in the town near Rochester and that two are dead.

Chief Gerald Pickering says "one or more shooters" fired at the firefighters Monday morning. Officials say they had arrived at the scene of the blaze near the Lake Ontario shore around 6 a.m.

Officials say a fire started in one home and spread to two others and a car. Officials say there is no active shooter at the scene.
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Authorities say they're evacuating a lakeside neighborhood in western New York where a firefighter has been shot while responding to a blaze that has engulfed three homes.

Officials in the town of Webster tell local media outlets that someone shot at firefighters around 6 a.m. Monday when they arrived at the scene of the blaze near the Lake Ontario shore just east of Rochester.

A fire official with the West Webster Fire District tells the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester that the firefighter is listed in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Officials say a fire started in one home has spread to two others and a car. Police have surrounded the neighborhood and are searching for the shooter.

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