Three people escaped unharmed when fire destroyed a home in Seymour Sunday night.
Fire officials said fire broke out at 131 Bungay Road around 10:30 p.m. It took firefighters several hours to put the flames out and crews remained on scene Sunday morning excavating the site to get rid of embers still inside.
A woman who lives inside the home told NBC Connecticut she was awoken by an explosion and realized the house was on fire. Fire officials said the noise was likely tires popping the garage, a common occurrence during house fires.
The family who lives in the home said they had just finished wrapping their Christmas presents last night.
Fire officials said there are no hydrants in the area, so mutual aid had to be called in.
"Unfortunately firefighting in the cold is sometimes a little difficult for us but that did not hinder us in any way. The fire did eventually go out. It was just a hard fought one and it took the guys a little longer than usual," said Seymour Deputy Fire Chief Timm Willis.
The house is a total loss and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.