A woman killed in a fire that engulfed her Bellmore home Saturday was remembered by her neighbors as a kind person.
The fire, reported at 2:33 a.m., had engulfed the home on Croydon Drive by the time Bellmore firefighters arrived, said fire department spokesman Vinny Scaduto.
Firefighters tried to enter the home to save KerryAnn Dudley, 42, who was on the second floor, but were unsuccessful, Scaduto said.
It took two hours to put the fire out, Nassau police said.
Paula O'Regan, a neighbor who's lived across the street for 24 years, said the flames were like nothing she'd ever seen before.
"It was coming out of everywhere. It was really bad," O'Regan said. "It's indescribable."
O'Regan called Dudley a friendly woman who worked and had children, a boy and a girl.
"She was a very nice lady," O'Regan said.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, according to the Nassau fire marshal's office. Police said the fire marshal believes the blaze was accidental.
At the two-story home Saturday afternoon, workers were boarding up the heavily damaged home and securing the property within fencing. Fire-charred belongings were laid out on the front lawn.
Down the block, near Mepham High School, neighbors eating at a party said they would miss Dudley, recalling how neighbors would carpool and socialize with Dudley's family.
"She was our family," said the woman, who would not give her name. "Our neighborhood's very close."