Firehouse.com reports, “The acrid plume gave off a scent just strong enough to pique Raleigh Powell’s interest as he zipped down Grooms Road on Sunday evening heading to what appeared to be another uneventful round of pizza deliveries in Saratoga County.
“At first, I thought someone was having a bonfire,” said Powell. “Then I saw it.” Kenneth and Grace Keefer’s Lapp Road home for more than 40 years was crumbling under a sea of flames. The 83-year-old woman was trapped inside. Her husband, 86, and a neighbor were outside. It was around 6:30 p.m., just minutes after the blaze began. Emergency crews had not yet arrived, and time was running out. Powell, a 20-year-old town native who’s been delivering for Upper Crust pizzeria for two years, stopped and sprinted across the street. The smoke was blinding. The heat scorched his skin.”