A 90-year-old woman is safe with family and friends thanks to the heroic effort of several Newburgh police officers. YNN's Jessica Chen reports.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- An emotional Fanny Muratore, 90, relived the early hours of Sunday morning.
"Police kicked the door, banged the door, 'fire,fire fire,'" remembered Muratore.
Officials said Fanny's house on Washington Street caught on fire after someone intentionally tried to burn down the house next door.
"When I got outside, I saw the whole fire come up on that house," said neighbor, Phillip Ramos. "I got so scared because a 90-year-old woman was in there and I was crying and crying. I couldn't stop."
According to officials, three cops searched the house before firefighters arrived.
Police said they found the 90-year-old woman sleeping in one of the back rooms in the second building. When they got to her, the exterior wall of her room was already on fire.
Fanny's family said she was alone at the time and would not have gotten out without the help of first responders.
"They handled me great, because I had a cane, I thought I was going to fall, I got to get my shoes on, and he put my shoes on," said Muratore.
Newburgh Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Giacco said the fast moving fire started in the back porch of the abandoned building before spreading to Fanny's house.
"The fire got in through the back windows in the rear, and moved its way forward to the front of this building here, it also spread lateral to the other middle building," said Giacco.
But hours later, a cheerful Fanny was grateful to the first responders who saved her life.
"They were wonderful, there’s nothing else I could say," said Muratore.
Fire officials said they are still investigating the cause of the fire.