Waitsfield man killed in house fire

WAITSFIELD, Vt. (WCAX) An elderly Waitsfield man was killed in a fire at his home early Wednesday morning.

Courtesy: The Valley Reporter/Lisa Loomis

Crews were called to a house fire on Center Fayston Road at about 4:30 a.m.

Homeowner Barbara King, 75, told firefighters she and her husband, John King, 83, awoke to find their home filled with smoke. Barbara went outside while her husband went looking for the source of the fire. He did not make it out. Firefighters found his body after the fire was out.

Investigators say the fire started in the basement but because of the severe damage to the home, they don't yet know the cause. However, they say it is not considered suspicious.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call Det. Sgt. Todd Ambroz of the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit at 802-229-9191.