Fire destroys Watauga County home

Fire destroyed an unoccupied home Thursday morning in Watauga County, officials said.

The blaze was reported shortly after 5:45 a.m. at a residence on Creekstone Drive, near Clarks Creek Road. That is off N.C. 194, according to fire officials.

Crews from the Foscoe Fire Department found the home involved in flames when they arrived. Crews were hampered by temperatures in the lower 20s, which caused water used to fight the fire to freeze on the ground.

Boone firefighters joined in battling the blaze, but the house was destroyed. Watauga fire officials are working to determine a cause.