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Family Left Homeless By Fire In White Plains

A family escaped safely from a fire that destroyed their home in White Plains overnight. Flames were shooting out of a top floor window as firefighters and a New12 TV crew arrived shortly before midnight. Photo Credit: News 12 screen grab
An insurance agent meets with the home owner as other friends and neighbors gather round Monday afternoon at 15 Wyanoke St., the scene of a devastating overnight fire. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
The now abandoned home at 15 Wyanoke St. in White Plains, where a fire left a family homeless. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Ashes cover the hood of this Mercedes Benz, which was parked near the scene of Sunday night's devastating fire at 15 Wyanoke St. in White Plains. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
A neighbor strolls by 15 Wyanoke St., which was closed to cars and others Tuesday following a devastating fire. A bulldozer was brought in as Con Edison crews inspected for a possible gas leak. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
A Con Edison crew inspects for a suspected gas leak Tuesday afternoon following a fire overnight at 15 Wyanoke St. in White Plains. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

This story has been updated.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A family was left homeless, but escaped safely, from a fast-moving fire that destroyed their house at 15 Wyanoke St., authorities said on Monday.

The fire, which broke out shortly before midnight, spread swiftly through the two-and-a-half story house.

The home is located in a densely populated White Plains neighborhood near Oak Street and Highland Avenue, but the fire was quickly contained by firefighters. The fire's origin has not been determined. The cause remains under investigation, authorities said.

Thursday afternoon, Wyanoke Street remained closed by White Plains police as a Con Edison crew investigated a possible gas leak in front of the home. A bulldozer was used to excavate along the street.

According to News12, police and firefighters arrived to discover thick, black smoke and flames billowing out of a top floor window. Neighbors told News 12 that family members were screaming as they fled the fire, but everyone escaped safely.

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