Brookline, Vt. (WCAX) Fire crews collected the hoses Sunday they used to battle a house fire that claimed the life of a Brookline woman. Elizabeth Cutts, 32, did not make it out of the burning home. Bruce Cutts, 70, and Sally Cutts, 63, were also in the home when the fire broke out, but managed to escape.
"Two of the family members made it out. They were both flown to Boston to a burn center," said NewBrook Fire Chief Todd Lawley.
The chief said crews from multiple stations throughout southern Vermont were called to the fire on Papoose Lane just before 2 A.M. Sunday.
"It was 6 below we figured when we got there," Lawley said.
The cold temperatures and narrow roads caused issues with the tankers on scene.
"Between the cold and having to lay that hose it hurt us pretty well," he said.
With flames already shooting through the roof, crews set their focus on keeping the fire away from a 500 gallon propane tank and a nearby barn.
"The building was already fully involved when we got there. The roof had already started to cave in so it had a pretty good head start before we got there," Lawley said.
The fire chief told WCAX's Dom Amato that the family is very well known in the community. It's a tragic loss, so close to the holidays.
"We knew the family very well, they've lived around here, just like we have so it was pretty bad," Lawley said.
He also he's proud of the work his crew did under difficult and deadly circumstances.
"You know we did what we could do and that's all we could do."
The cause of the fire is undetermined but investigators say it does not appear suspicious.