WELLS, Maine — A fire broke out at the transfer station around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. According to police, Officer Justin Titcomb was on patrol when he noticed something off Willie Hill Road, where the transfer station is located.

Town Manager Jon Carter arrived at the transfer station around 3:30 Sunday morning. Carter said that the building was being vented when he arrived.

“It was a smoky, hot fire,” he said.

According to Carter, transfer station employees were on scene working with the fire crews to determine what equipment was salvageable. Carter said the building that was on fire was the larger of the buildings at the station.

According to Carter, the section of the building that was an addition to the main building was a total loss. It is unclear how much damage the larger portion of the building received. Carter said the building was insured and the insurance company has been notified of the fire.

“The important part is that no one got hurt,” he said.

Carter said the Department of Environmental Protection was also on the scene to monitor the drainage of the water runoff from fighting the fire. According to Carter, the DEP set up several booms around catch basins to ensure that no potentially contaminated water entered the drainage system.

The transfer station will reopen at its usual time on Tuesday at 8 a.m. Carter said that while the transfer station building will not be used, crews will be on hand accepting trash and recycling materials.

Carter said the state fire marshal’s office has been contacted to investigate the cause of the fire. At this time it is unclear how the fire started.