Update, 2:05 p.m.: Det. Chittenden reports that the fire is almost completely knocked out at this time. The firefighter who was injured when the roof collapsed on his legs is being treated at Greenwich hospital, but there is no further information on his current condition. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but it does not appear to be suspicious, Chittenden said.
Firefighters continue to battle a fire that has destroyed a family home at 4 Magnolia Place in Rye this morning, officials say.
The fire that started at about 10:08 a.m. ripped through all levels of the home, leaving the first level charred and the roof completely burnt with water damage throughout.
A Rye firefighter was rolled out on an EMS stretcher after a roof collapsed on his legs about an hour ago, said volunteer firefighter and Rye Police Detective Jake Chittenden said. Officials are not yet sure how badly he was injured; no other injuries have been reported.
Westchester County Cause and Origin team was called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire, which has not yet been announced.
“When I arrived it was a ball of flames all across the house,” said Ray Calasacco Sr., a Harrison Volunteer firefighter who arrived shortly after he received the structure fire alert at 10:08 a.m. The family was home at the time of the fire but got out before anyone was injured, Calasacco Sr. said.
“The whole house is basically gutted,” Chittenden said.
A woman who had been out running that morning said the smoke from the fire could be scene from the Coveleigh Club, around where she had been running this morning.
Around 11:30 a.m. firefighters announced the main body of the fire had been knocked out but flames continued to blaze inside the walls, one Harrison firefighter said.
A Port Chester firefighter said the family had many musical instruments in different parts of the house that were among the many items destroyed.
Rye Fire Chief Mike Taylor was unable to talk to the media as he continued to battle the blaze on the back porch about three hours after the fire first started.
Rye, Port Chester, Harrison and Mamaroneck Fire Departments are on the scene.