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Fire Destroys Strafford Home

  • Strafford Deputy Fire Chief P.D. Hardy radios for assistance during a house fire on Old City Falls Road in Strafford, Vt., on Jan. 8, 2014. Owned by Dot and Bill Burden, the home was destroyed by the blaze. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Strafford Deputy Fire Chief P.D. Hardy radios for assistance during a house fire on Old City Falls Road in Strafford, Vt., on Jan. 8, 2014. Owned by Dot and Bill Burden, the home was destroyed by the blaze. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A home belonging to Dot and Bill Burden on Old City Falls Road in Strafford, Vt., was destroyed by fire on Jan. 8, 2014. No one was injured -- fire departments from six towns responded to scene. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck)

    A home belonging to Dot and Bill Burden on Old City Falls Road in Strafford, Vt., was destroyed by fire on Jan. 8, 2014. No one was injured -- fire departments from six towns responded to scene. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Strafford Deputy Fire Chief P.D. Hardy radios for assistance during a house fire on Old City Falls Road in Strafford, Vt., on Jan. 8, 2014. Owned by Dot and Bill Burden, the home was destroyed by the blaze. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • A home belonging to Dot and Bill Burden on Old City Falls Road in Strafford, Vt., was destroyed by fire on Jan. 8, 2014. No one was injured -- fire departments from six towns responded to scene. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck)

A Strafford home was destroyed by a fire Wednesday evening. Property owners Dot and Bill Burden said the blaze started on their two-story home's deck. The couple was not injured. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the house on Old City Falls Road was already fully engulfed. Officials at the scene said they encountered difficulties getting hoses up the approximately half-mile driveway and water also froze. The cause of the fire remains unknown. The Burdens, who have lived in the home for more than 20 years, were going to stay with their son, who lives nearby the couple's home. An unattached garage near the house appeared to have escaped damage. Stafford, Vershire, Thetford, Norwich, Sharon and West Fairlee fire departments responded to the call.

(Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)