The Superior Fire Department responded to a house fire at 609 Grand Ave. on Friday night that appeared to have gutted the home.

Sharon Gault watched from a neighbor's deck across the street.

"Smoke was pouring out," she said. "The poor man living there tried to go back in, but they pulled him back."

Crews arrived to heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the home, a Superior Fire Department news release said.

There were no occupants in the building, and the news release said there was significant damage.

Alexis Labonte lives two doors down, at 615 Grand Ave. Her mom called her while Labonte was at work as a server to say there was a fire two doors away.

"I came home," Labonte said. "It's pretty scary."

She gave kudos to the firefighters congregated in the street as other firefighters continued to pour water onto the home, including from high above using a ladder truck. Hot spots flared long after the initial blaze, which happened around 7:15 p.m.

"Good job, guys," Labonte said to the firefighters.

Asked why the praise, she pointed to her house: "They kept it from going to the other houses. I live right there."

Labonte's boyfriend took video of the fire that showed it raging on the rear exterior of the building. The fire drew a number of onlookers.

Assisting agencies on the scene were Mayo Ambulance, Wisconsin State Patrol, the Superior Police Department, and Superior Water, Light, and Power.