MINOT — A family was forced to flee their home Thursday night after a house on Woodman Hill Road went up in flames.
Firefighters from several departments were working in sub-zero temperatures to bring the fire under control after it was reported at about 8 p.m.
The house that burned is a two-story farmhouse at 1009 Woodman Hill Road, about a mile beyond Hemond’s Moto X Park. A neighbor said a couple lives in the house with their children and that they were able to flee to safety.
The identities of the people who live in the house were not immediately available.
Minot firefighters were joined by crews from a number of departments, including Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Hebron and Buckfield, as they battled the blaze.
Half an hour after crews arrived, flames were still burning in the upper level of the home. Thick smoke poured from the eaves, visible a mile away. The front of the house appeared to have sustained heavy damage as flames were still burning in the rear.
A woman who lives down the road said she rushed to the scene on foot, believing an elderly couple who lives nearby may have been trapped in a burning home. Instead, she said, the family who lives in the burning house was already outside. They were being warmed nearby as fire crews continued to battle the blaze.
A section of Woodman Hill Road was blocked to traffic as trucks continued to respond, some hauling water to be used in the firefighting effort.
Firefighters were expected to be at the scene late into the night and possibly into early Friday as they snuffed out hot spots and prepared to search for a cause.