Flames engulfed two houses in Yonkers on Sunday afternoon and left one in a heap of rubble.
The fire started at about 2 p.m. in a house at 53 Herriot Street, officials said. The blaze, fueled by winds, quickly spread to houses on both sides.
The house where the fire started was gutted and collapsed about an hour after firefighters arrived.
Firefighters were able to save the house next door, which was separated from the collapsed house by a four-foot alley, officials said.
A storefront church was located on the ground floor of the collapsed house, neighbors said.
A house next door, at 55 Herriot Street, was heavily damaged by fire, officials said.
A few firefighters sustained minor injuries.