A fire early Sunday destroyed a home in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick. Fire Chief Andrew Cougle said the homeowner was not home at the time and a passerby reported the fire shortly after midnight.

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About two dozen firefighters from Florenceville-Bristol and Bath responded to the call at 4 Green Street and found the main floor of the home engulfed in flames.  Temperatures overnight fell to -22 C, Cougle said, which presented a challenge to firefighters.

The fire was under control shortly after 3 a.m. and a clean-up crew remained on the scene until about 5 a.m. Sunday. Chief Cougle said that the house was gutted and is considered to be a complete loss.

There were no injuries. The gentleman who lived in the home had reportedly been in the hospital since earlier in the week.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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