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Does Rochester's Ice House trump Buffalo's Ice Car?

Longtime WROC-TV sports anchor John Kucko received a tip he couldn't wait to pursue.

When his Rochester-based station took a phone call Saturday night mentioning a house covered in ice - possible after five days of bitter cold and winds reaching 81 miles per hour - Kucko went on a mission to capture the scene.

Equipped with Google Earth and a hunch the house was in Webster, NY, along Lake Ontario, Kucko scoured the area before dawn Sunday morning until he eventually struck frozen gold off "tucked away" Lake Road.

Upon seeing the house, Kucko immediately compared the sight - replete with hundreds of jagged icicles - to the famous "ice car" in Buffalo, the viral story in the parking lot of Hoak's Restaurant last January.

"That's what I thought of when I first saw this house," Kucko admitted. "Both are equally impressive."

The famed ice car outside Hoak's Restaurant in Hamburg, pictured in January 2016. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

While a retaining wall shielded a neighboring house, the frozen Webster home had only boulders blocking it from the elements, and rocks were no match for sustained gusty, frigid weather.

"We don't usually get this kind of intensity," Kucko said, referring to power and endurance of the wintry conditions. You can see a video, shot by Kucko, on his Twitter account here.

The photographer believes the house is only inhabited during the summer months and on some weekends, although the frequency of use has not been confirmed.

Kucko currently works part-time at WROC, anchoring a 4 p.m. show daily and focusing much of his efforts on photography and digital media.

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