Police: Body recovered from major house fire in Colonie

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Colonie homeowner remains unaccounted for after a fire broke out at her home.

Around 1:50 p.m. Friday, crews received a call for a structure fire at 9 Sebring Ave. in Colonie. Upon arrival, crews found the front of the home was fully involved.

“It sounded like something popping,” neighbor Lori Miller said.

First there was popping, and then there were sirens. Miller ran to her back deck to see what was going on. To her surprise, she found a neighbor’s home on fire.

“You could see the back of the house pretty much fully engulfed in flames,” she said. “It was coming out of the windows; out of the door.”

Colonie Fire Chief Jack Moser said one person was unaccounted for – the homeowner, who is an elderly woman and lives alone. Her son alerted crews that she might have been home when the fire started.

But it took them a while to get inside to search the house.

“The volume of fire upon arrival made it so that the initial crew could only make partial entry into the house,” Colonie Emergency Services Operations Officer Bob Stevens said.

“Guys went in the back and couldn’t get past the front cause the floor was gone,” Moser said. “There were oxygen tanks that were exploding, so that was an issue.”

Colonie Police Lt. Todd Weiss said once firefighters put out the hot spots, they entered the home and located a body on the first floor. He said they’re unsure whether the body is the homeowner.

A positive identification will be made after an autopsy is performed at Albany Medical Center.

As for Miller, she said it was scary to watch.

“It was quick,” she said. “It mean, it was, you know, it seemed like it was just some smoke, and the next thing you know it looked like half the house was gone.”

The neighboring home to the right also received some minor damage from the fire.

No firemen were injured, and the cause for the fire remains under investigation.

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