MANCHESTER — Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant residential building at the corner of Tarrytown Road and Central Street Saturday afternoon.

The first reports of fire came just before 3 p.m. and first responders found the vacant, two-story building fully engulfed upon arrival. The fire was coming from the back of the structure, which had an attached barn, the Manchester Fire Department said in a statement.

Officials said the aim of the firefighting effort at that point became defensive to prevent the blaze from spreading to nearby residences across a narrow street or to an adjacent office park complex. Due to the building’s instability, firefighters decided it needed to be torn down to enable them to reach the hot spots.

Fire officials reported the blaze was contained by 3:55 p.m despite extremely cold temperatures that made it hard to fight.

There were no reports of injuries and the cause remains under investigation.