NEWPORT, Maine — A Newport home was heavily damaged by fire on Wednesday evening, and officials are attempting to determine a cause.

Crews were dispatched to the scene on Mullen Road shortly before 8 p.m., according to Newport Fire Chief Jeff Chretien.

Chretien said the front of the house was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters from eight communities arrived.

“There was no access to the front side of the house,” said Chretien.

The woman who owns the house managed to get out safely, the fire chief said, but she lost three cats in the fire.

Chretien said officials haven’t determined where the blaze started or what caused it. The fire marshal’s office has been called in to investigate, he said.

Crews from Newport, Pittsfield, Detroit, Etna, Plymouth, Corinna, Stetson and Dexter managed to get the blaze under control in about a half hour, Chretien said.

The female owner had insurance on the home, Chretien said.

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