PIERREPONT, N.Y. (WWNY) - A couple escaped a fire that destroyed a home in the town of Pierrepont Thursday morning.
Homeowners Mark and Patricia Reardon fled their 300 Post Road home without injury.
Flames were shooting above the two-story home when firefighters arrived shortly after the fire was called in at 7:45 a.m.
Flames were still erupting from the eaves a couple hours after the fire started.
Firefighters prevented a nearby barn from catching fire.
A billowing tower of smoke could be seen from miles away and firefighters needed air packs to breathe in the thick smoke outside the home.
"As we turned out of our fire station, we could see the smoke in the sky – from Pierrepont, so we knew it was fully involved at that time," Pierrepont fire chief Peter Hoyt said.
"We need to use air bottles, airpacks for outside fighting, too," Hoyt said. "There was a lot of flames and smoke when we got here."
A home at the same address was extensively damaged by a May 2010 fire in which 11 dogs and a cat died.
The two people who lived there at the time were not hurt.
The Reardons lived at the home since 2014, according to Mark Reardon.