SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Rubble is all that remains of a home on Odell Street in Schenectady. Neighbors recalled a very scary scene as flames burst out of the house early Sunday morning.
Nicole Williams of Schenectady woke up to flames and smoke coming from the home at 23 Odell Street, next door. As she accounted for her children, four people were inside the home as the flames grew larger.
"The house went up so fast it went up in a matter of moments. I saw the flames shooting out the downstairs and I came outside rushing out the door," said Williams.
Luckily all four people were able to escape the fire, their lives saved by smoke detectors.
"There was two adults two children that all escaped prior to our arrival. They were awoken by the smoke detectors," said Schenectady Deputy Fire Chief Raymond Senecal.
The damage to the home was beyond any repair.
"It's a total loss the buildings a total loss," said Senecal.
As what remained of the home was torn down Williams and her family had to stay at a hotel until it was completed and their power was turned back on.
"It was a nightmare it was. But we have neighbors and this block pulled together," said Williams.
The people that lost their home are also being helped by the American Red Cross. Williams was grateful for the help of all those who responded to the blaze and neighbors who also lent a helping hand.
"The American Red Cross was awesome. Everyone did above and beyond their call of duty," said Williams.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but Senecal says it could have started in the basement. A vacant home next to the home that caught on fire did not sustain damage from the fire but was also torn down Sunday. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy says the vacant house was due to be torn down so they did it while the fire damaged home was as well.