GLENS FALLS -- Towering flames engulfed a South Street home Friday evening, even as a downpour pounded the region.
Firefighters responded to 181 South St. at about 5:15 p.m. and were met with rolling, 25-foot-high flames scorching the two-story home’s front half.
“It just started as a little flame in the window,” said Tyler Buckmaster, who was visiting his girlfriend across the street. “We ran downstairs and by the time we got there the whole porch was on fire.”
Firefighters from the Glens Falls Fire Department and South Queensbury Fire Company battled the blaze for more than an hour as it continued its march throughout the structure’s two stories.
The residents weren’t home when the fire broke out, but several dogs were inside, according to Glens Falls Police Sgt. Michelle Arnold.
A female resident of the gutted structure arrived at the scene shortly after fire crews did, emergency responders and neighbors said.
She sprinted toward the inferno, crying for someone to save her dogs and had to be stopped by fire officials, neighbors said.
An unidentified sobbing woman, surrounded by police and neighbors, sat on a porch a few houses down throughout the ordeal, wrapped in a comforter.
No injuries were reported, but the fate of the animals was unknown as of 6:30 p.m.
The blaze was largely knocked down in about an hour, but red-hot walls could still be seen from the roadside.
Numerous small flare-ups occurred after the primary blaze was extinguished.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, officials said.
Neighbor Nasreem Jhurshid, who saw the blaze and called 911, said she first spotted flames shooting through a downstairs window, which quickly consumed the front porch.
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