A woman trying to escape a growing inferno inside a New Rochelle home was rescued from the roof by firefighters Thursday evening, fire officials say.
The blaze broke out on the second floor of the home at 197 Elm St. at about 6:30 p.m., trapping the woman inside the house, according to the New Rochelle Fire Department.
The woman wasn't the only one on the roof.
"There were people on the roof, no firefighters yet," said neighbor Federico Canapa. "People were trying to get them down. I guess they were desperate."
While neighbors helped the others climb down to safety, the woman was left on top of the home.
"She was actually very calm," said neighbor Troy Tripicchio. "They said, 'Is there anyone in the house?' She said no. She was clearly scared. Yeah, it was scary."
The woman was brought down to safety, and the fire was knocked out by late Thursday night.
It's not clear how the fire started. Investigation is ongoing.