HALIFAX -- A residential fire has caused an estimated $300,000 in damages to a Halifax home owned by a New York couple.

According to police reports, the Halifax Fire Department responded Aug. 28 to a fire at the Hale Road residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Eck, of New York City. The structure, which has remained under construction for several years, was unoccupied at the time of the blaze.

The town fire crew was assisted on scene by multiple area departments. Authorities call the inferno a total loss with costs projected to exceed $300,000.

Halifax Fire Chief Wayne Courser has requested assistance from the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit to determine the origin and cause.

Investigators from the state police, as well as the Division of Fire Safety, met Monday with Courser and the homeowners. Officials determined the fire was most likely caused by accidental means -- the most conceivable cause was the improper disposal of rags, which were used to apply sealer to the siding.

Halifax fire officials did not immediately return calls for comment.


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