NEWFANE – Fire ripped through a house on Rathke Heights at midday Thursday, destroying the home and leaving the couple who lived there without a place to live, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

Several people called 911 shortly before 1 p.m. to report the blaze.

Patrol units arrived at the address to find the house fully engulfed.

Firefighters from Wrights Corners Volunteer Fire Company and Miller Hose Volunteer Fire Company responded.

The homeowners, Duane and Donna Goff, were not home at the time of the fire but returned as firefighters were trying to put out the blaze. The Red Cross was assisting them. Officials said the house was a total loss. The cause was under investigation.