READFIELD, Maine — A house on Route 41 in Readfield was damaged by fire on Wednesday morning, according to officials.
Readfield Fire Chief Lee Mank said Thursday a garage attached to the house was destroyed, but a quick firefighter response enabled crews to salvage the house, to which crews were dispatched around 11 a.m.
“The garage structure was pretty much nonexistent [when we got there],” Mank said.
The woman who owns the house and her roommate managed to get out safely, according to Mank. Four dogs and five cats were also saved.
A vehicle that was parked in the garage, a 2011 Honda Fit, was destroyed by the fire, which was under control in about a half hour, Mank said.
The house was damaged by smoke and heat but Mank said it’s repairable. The chief said services from the Red Cross were offered to the residents, but they declined.
Mank said the pair had insurance on the house. The fire started in the garage, he said, but since the garage was destroyed, the cause may not be determined.
Firefighters from Readfield, Winthrop, Wayne, Vienna, Mount Vernon, Fayette and Manchester were called to the fire.