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Firefighter shot at scene of fire

Monday, December 24, 2012 | 10:18 AM    

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WEBSTER, NY (AP) -- Authorities say they're evacuating a lakeside neighbourhood in western New York after a firefighter was 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 6:00 am 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 neighbourhood and are searching for the shooter.

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