BAKERSFIELD — Fire destroyed a home in Bakersfield late Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to Michael Beyor’s home at 893 Waterville Mountain Rd. at 4:30 p.m..

“It was totally involved (in flames) when we arrived,” said Bakersfield Assistant Fire Chief Paul Stanley. The homeowners were not home when the fire began. A neighbor spotted the fire and called 9-1-1.

Fire departments from Enosburgh, Cambridge and Fairfield were called in to assist and an Enosburgh ambulance was on the scene.

Firefighters battled the blaze for six hours.

“The ice around the house was the biggest hindrance,” said Stanley. “We had firefighters falling down.”

There was also some freezing of the water as it was being sprayed onto the fire, he added.

Stanley singled out Red Cross volunteers for their assistance at the scene. “They were  again very, very helpful,” he said. The volunteers supported the family, making certain they had a place to go for the night, and provided food for firefighters, Stanley reported.

The cause of the fire is believed to be a woodstove.