COLONIE, N.Y. — More information about a destructive fire at a house in Colonie Saturday night has been released.

The Stanford Heights firefighters who responded to the blaze on Elmwood Street said on Facebook the house belonged to one of their former fire captains.

The post says Mark Nichols suffered burns before they got him out of the house.

His pet dog could not be saved.

Firefighters say an unknown person interfered as they were starting to work on the fire, before police removed him from the scene.

The home was severely damaged.

The Facebook post says the fire started in the kitchen, but the official cause is still being investigated.