A three-family home in Rochester is reduced to a pile of rubble after a three-alarm fire Thursday night on Monroe Avenue near Rosedale Street in Rochester. It started around 9 p.m. and quickly escalated to a second and third alarm. Roads in the area are back open for the morning commute.

A three-family home in Rochester is reduced to a pile of rubble after a three-alarm fire Thursday night.

Crews responded to a house fire on Monroe Avenue near Rosedale Street around 9 p.m. and quickly called for a second and third alarm.

Everyone was able to get out safely. However two cats were killed in the fire.

One apartment was unoccupied at the time. The couple is in Florida on their honeymoon.

The Rochester Fire Department says the fire started on a 2nd floor balcony before spreading inside and taking over the attic.

At one point, firefighters were ordered to evacuate as the attic started to collapse. Crews then went on the defense, protecting homes on both sides of the structure.

"We will always take an extra risk if we know there's life inside and we know there's a chance for rescue...but at some point, we need to do a defensive operation because that risk is too high for us to take and go further," said Capt. Edward Kuppinger, Rochester Fire Department.

A firefighter burned his ear, but is expected to be okay.

The house is now completely demolished. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

A portion of Monroe Avenue was closed until about 4:30 Friday morning, but has since reopened.

This is a developing story.