York Village Fire Department trucks are seen at 46 Sentry Hill Road Sunday night. Credit: Deborah McDermott | The York Weekly

YORK, Maine — York Village firefighters were called Sunday night to a house fire on Sentry Hill Road. The blaze was quickly brought under control but caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage, officials said.

Fire Chief Chris Balentine said firefighters were called to 46 Sentry Hill Road at 7:43 p.m. Sunday to find a deck in the rear of the house aflame.

“It took out a couple of windows in the back, and burned into the wall and into the attic,” he said. It was necessary for firefighters to cut vent holes into the walls and the roof in section of the house.

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The fire damage was contained, he said, to that rear area and did not spread, although the rest of the house sustained smoke and water damage.

Owners Dwight Foster and Kathy D’Entremont and their two dogs quickly exited the house and were not injured, said Balentine.

York Beach firefighters covered the Village station and one Beach truck responded to the scene, he said, but he let them go after freezing rain began to fall some time after 8 p.m. In all, about 30 firefighters responded, and those who went into the building were all using air packs due to the dense smoke.

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Balentine estimated damage at between $20,000 and $30,000. He said he can’t be sure the cause of the fire, although it started underneath the deck. He said it was midnight before everyone left the scene.

The house had been decorated for Christmas, and Balentine said it’s a shame that this occurred so close to the holiday. He said he intends to contact the couple and see if they need any help.

“It’s a hard time of year to have that going on,” he said. “If people find out these people are burned out for a couple of weeks, the community will rally.”