A family was likely saved from injury Tuesday night because, fire officials said, they were attending a church service when a blaze erupted at their Huntington Station home.
But, officials said, the home sustained "extensive damage" despite the best efforts of responding volunteers, who battled the blaze at the 21/2-story house on Columbia Street.
The fire was reported in a 911 call at about 9:25 p.m.
About 60 firefighters from Huntington Manor and Huntington responded, while volunteers from Greenlawn manned the Huntington Manor firehouse, officials said. Officials said firefighters found the home "engulfed" and said they launched "an aggressive attack" with "several hose lines."
The fire was controlled within about 40 minutes. Officials said no one was injured in the blaze.
The house sustained "extensive damage" and officials said investigators from the police Arson Squad and the Town of Huntington fire marshal's office were investigating.
The residents, who were not identified by officials, were attending a service at Cornerstone Baptist Church, which is directly across the street from the home, when the fire occurred, officials said.