ROTTERDAM -- Two women escaped uninjured from a Monday afternoon house fire, fire officials said.
The fire began at around 1 p.m. at 336 Glengary Road, off Hamburg Street in Rotterdam.
Firefighters from several agencies responded to fight the blaze, but the house appeared to be a total loss.
Neighbors said they knew the woman who owned the home and that she was OK. Pets in the home also were not injured, Carmen Fire Chief Dom Dominaco said.
Firefighters continued working to extinguish hot spots into the mid-afternoon.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation Monday. Neighbors reported hearing two explosions that alerted them to the fire. Dominaco said one of those was confirmed to be from a propane tank attached to a grill in the backyard.
The fire consumed the rear of the structure first, then became difficult to control as it reached the attic, Dominaco said. Crews used a bucket truck to spray water into the attic area through a hole in the roof.
Smoke from the fire could be seen from some distance away. Nearby Hamburg Street was closed for a time as firefighters fought the blaze.
Carman Fire Department was assisted by crews from Schenectady, Rotterdam District 2, Stanford Heights, Fort Hunter and Plotterkill.