Fire damages home on Sewall Street in Augusta

Posted Aug. 14, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A home on Sewall Street was heavily damaged by fire on Thursday morning, officials said.

Crews from four towns were dispatched to the residence around 6:15 a.m., according to Augusta Deputy Fire Chief Dave Groder.

Groder said the blaze started in the basement, and firefighters were able to contain it to that part of the house.

Working smoke detectors woke and enabled the occupants to get out of the house safely, Groder said.

Groder said structurally the house was not damaged, but the interior will need numerous repairs due to heat and smoke damage. The fire was under control in about 15 to 20 minutes.

Firefighters from Augusta, Winthrop, Gardiner and Chelsea responded.