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Early morning house fire in Colchester

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Published: Jan. 7, 2019 at 8:07 AM EST
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The Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Company says a fire broke out around 5:30 a.m. Monday.

When they arrived, the building was fully engulfed, but the fire was not showing. The firefighters had to fight the internal fire from the outside.

Assistant Chief Sandy Ladd, from the Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Company, said the building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

"Being here right on the lakefront and with a nice coating of ice on the lake, the wind was coming across the lake quite heavily and then pushing the fire and certainly feeding the fire, wind ridden fire was certainly a challenge," Ladd said.

The fire is still under investigation, but Ladd says he thinks it started in the basement and made its way through the house.

East Lakeshore Drive from Bayside Park to Williams Road was closed Monday morning because of the fire.