By COLIN FLANDERS
A Lost Nation Road homeowner awoke to a house filled with smoke on Sunday morning.
A press release said the man attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher, but the flames had already spread, forcing him to leave the home as he struggled to call 911 due to poor cell service.
The fire had spread to the home’s second story by the time Essex and Essex Jct. Fire Departments arrived.
Fire officials had the blaze mostly under control within 30 minutes, and the entire fire was out after two hours.
The Colchester Center, St. Michael’s College and Winooski Fire departments provided assistance, while the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department provided station coverage for both the town and village departments.
Officials have yet to determine the cause of the fire. Damage to the house is estimated at $225,000, the press release said.
Essex Fire reminds homeowners to have working fire extinguishers and properly installed smoke detectors in their homes.