Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Rockland County mother and daughter died Thursday morning following an intense blaze that kept would-be rescuers at bay.

The blaze broke out around 12:30 a.m. in New City.

The house on Stratford Place is now a charred shell — blackened on all sides, open to the sky, riddled by flames so hot the siding melted from a home 25 yards away.

Killed in the blaze were 79-year-old Barbara Calise and her disabled 54 year-old daughter Yvonne.

The fire is believed to have started in the basement and then spread. By the time firefighters arrived, heavy smoke and flames were pouring out of the home.

Rockland County Deputy Fire Coordinator George Drescher said the fire was so far advanced that firefighters “could only do what they could do.”

About 100 firefighters responded to the scene.

“You could just see the flames shooting through the roof.  It was just unbelievable,” said…

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