Route 7 temporarily shut down as crews battle Pownal house fire

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POWNAL— Route 7 in Pownal was shut down Friday afternoon as crews battled a house fire on the 200 block of Route 7.

The fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. in the area of Frost Lane and Bryce Road, off Searles Crossing Road, east of the highway. The address of the fire was reported over the scanner as 229 Route 7.

Flames could be seen shooting out of the roof of a wood home sitting on a hill above the road as crews sprayed water and foam to suppress the fire. Fire crews brought a hose up the steep, snow-covered driveway.

Both lanes of travel on Route 7 were redirected so fire crews could access the scene. Southbound traffic was redirected onto Monument Road. It was not immediately clear where northbound traffic was rerouted to. Route 7 was open to one-lane traffic around 3 p.m.

Smoke still billowed out of the eaves of the home as of around 1:50 p.m. and loomed over stopped traffic on Route 7.

The Bennington Fire Department, Bennington Rural Fire, the Pownal Fire Department and the Williamstown (Mass.) Fire Department were among the departments that responded to the scene.

It was not immediately clear if anyone was home at the time of the fire or what started the blaze. A call to the Bennington Fire Department was not returned before press time Friday.

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