Fire fighters from multiple departments were forced to battle the elements this evening while trying to knock down a house fire in Colchester.
Fire fighters say the call came in around dinner time. According to officials on scene, the fire started in the kitchen of the Buckingham Road home, and quickly spread. No one was in the home at the time of the fire. Several area departments arrived on the scene within minutes of the original call but officials say cold temperatures and strong winds severely hampered their efforts.
Assistant Chief Peter Igneri of the Malletts Bay Fire Dept. said Saturday, "It's cold and the wind really hampered our ability to get this knocked down. From the time I got here, about a minute later, the windows let go, and the whole house caught. So the wind really caused the fire to spread faster then we had hoped."
Fire Fighters are continuing to investigate the exact cause of the fire. Officials say the house may not be a total loss but suffered significant damage.