Flames raged at a six-family house at 33 Lincoln Terrace, with smoke seen from several miles away.
The fire was first reported at 2:22 p.m.
Into the night firefighters still sprayed water on the gutted skeleton of a building that as many as six families called home.
Hours earlier, from Newscopter 7 you could see the ravenous fire devouring the wooden building, smoke and steam rising into the sky above Yonkers.
It was a total loss.
"I lost my laptop, furniture, everything," said Chastity Avila, a resident.
No residents were hurt, but that could have gone much differently as firefighters had to help several to safety.
But residents say, firefighters had trouble getting water on the building, and indeed hoses stretched for blocks to nearby hydrants.
But precious time was lost as some residents tried to put the fire out themselves and thought they had.
31 people (19 adults and 12 children) are being helped by the Red Cross.
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