1 The Siegels and their guests were waiting for this big event. A ladder was in place on their new home for roof access, just in case a burning ember landed on it.
2 This is firefighter, Cody Siegel, the son of the owners of the house.
3 Before the house was set ablaze, the firefighters cordoned off the area with yellow fire tape.
4 All of the fire trucks were in position.
5 At 10:30AM, the fires were started. Wood pallets and straw were positioned in various areas of the structure so that all parts of the building would be involved at the same time. Road flares were used to ignite the fires.
6 Like many fires, this one had a smoky start.
7 Here you can see the fire taking hold on the ground floor.
8 Within minutes, the fire was raging.
9 The black smoke was caused by asphalt roofing materials.
10 The fire raged through the bedrooms and attic. This kind of fire is equivalent to stacking logs in a fireplace in a teepee shape. The flames move upward very rapidly.
11 The front porch and crawlspace engulfed
12 Within twenty minutes, fire raged through the main living area.
13 Because the garage windows were shut, the fire traveled across the ceiling and out through the open doors.
14 There was an unexpected shift in wind and a fire hose was brought in.
15 These firefighters were working to save the adjacent trees from the blaze.
16 The garage took longer to burn because there was no structure above it.
17 The wall of heat from this fire was very intense.
18 Another hose aimed towards the fire trying to save the trees
19 Julia Smith, Alex Whalen, Jack DeAlto, Brian Cohen, and Kate Hallex - These young firefighters were so appreciative for this amazing hands-on experience.
20 As the fire ravaged, the building started to collapse.
21 Tyler Devins (R), a junior member of Golden's Bridge speaking with his Lieutenant
22 The north wall soon collapsed.
23 Much of the structure was gone.
24 Robert Siegel, the homeowner, in red
25 Within less than one hour, the fire was winding down.
26 A hook is a long insulated pole used for piercing and pulling building materials away from walls and ceilings.
27 In this situation, the hook was used to push the remaining structure into the flames.
28 All that was left to do was to standby and wait for the fire to die down. The firefighters then extinguished and overhauled the remains.
29 Former Katonah Fire Chief Bennet Schubert discussed the progress of the burn with neighbors from Golden's Bridge.
30 About the only thing left standing was the brick chimney.
31 This is John Quincy Lawton, Katonah Fire Department's newest member.
32 Curious neighbors
33 Katonah Captain Davide Palmerini and Henry Bergson
34 This is Jeffrey Kellogg, a long-time member of Katonah Fire Department.
35 Hank Tschorn and his son and daughter, Dan and Jen
36 Bennett Schubert, Katonah Fire Department
37 Michael Lehrer, Katonah Fire Department
38 Members of the Bedford Hills Fire Department
39 Travis Winthers, Katonah Fire Department
40 A Mount Kisco firefighter
41 Roberto Juarez, Katonah Fire Department
42 Members from the Goldens Bridge Fire Department
43 Robert Hickey on the right with his daughter and son-in-law
44 Henry Bergson, Katonah Fire Department
45 Joe Lombardo and Travis Winthers, Katonah Fire Department