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One person unaccounted for after fire destroys Somers home

SOMERS — Firefighters battled a second alarm fire at a home Thursday evening. Crews were called to 68 Juniper Hill Drive around 6 pm. One person is unacco...

SOMERS -- Firefighters battled a second alarm fire at a home Thursday evening.

Crews were called to 68 Juniper Hill Drive around 6 pm.

One person is unaccounted for, according to state police. Eyewitnesses and neighbors said they thought one person was stuck in the basement and unable to get out. Officials have not confirmed the validity of that detail.

One person unaccounted for after fire destroys Somers home

Bob Garlick lives next door. He was grilling on his back porch when he saw flames. He told his wife to call 911 and rushed to the front door to help.

“I just went to the front door, opened up the door and screamed, ‘fire,’” said Garlick. “ I started helping them out of the house.”

Other neighbors called Garlick a hero but he said he is no hero, that he just did what any Good Samaritan would do.

The house is a total loss, according to fire officials.

Several towns were called in for mutual aid.

This is a developing story.