Firefighters battled a massive blaze in Marine Park on Wednesday as the home’s elderly owner was out for the afternoon.
At around 12 pm on July 29, firefighters responded to a call at 1958 Coleman St., where they found the residence engulfed in flames and heavy smoke. More than 60 firefighters and Emergency Medical Service members responded to the all-hands blaze, which officials believe broke out in the kitchen as temperatures outside soared past 90 degrees.
The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes, but by then, the house was nearly destroyed.
“We called the fire department when we saw all the smoke,” said one concerned neighbor. “I can’t believe it happened like that. It was very scary.”
Fire officials said the incident is not being considered suspicious, but the exact cause remains under investigation by fire marshals.
No injuries were reported.
This story first appeared on AMNY.com.