PITTSTON---Fire crews from were called to the house on Tedrick Street in Pittston to fight the flames just after 2:30 p.m. Monday.
"What I really noticed was the ground was on fire with that tree there and then I really looked up and I could see that the house was kind of engulfed also," said neighbor Sue Timonte.
Fire officials said it was a raging blaze, quickly ripping through the house.
"We fought the fire together, we work together at all times. We had heavy fire on both the exterior and interior," said Pittston Fire Chief Jim Rooney.
The chief said no one was home at the time of the fire, but two adults and three young children lived there.
The chief also said the Red Cross was been called to help that family with a place to stay.
"I got a call and everybody started calling me because they thought it was my house. It's really sad to see that because of those little boys, I don't know where they're going to go now. It's really depressing," said neighbor Alyssa Nelson, who once babysat the children who lived in the fire-ravaged home.
People said the smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.
"It's devastating, you know, and it's not even my house. I don't even know who lives there, you know? It's terrible. It's really tragic," said Nadine Barber of West Pittston.