SKOWHEGAN — A family of six lost its home on Friday to fire.

A couple neighbors called 911 around 4 p.m. to report flames shooting through the roof of the log-cabin style home at 245 Palmer Road. Smoke could be seen billowing into the air for miles around.

The homeowners, Larry Hadley and Rebecca Roderick, have four children and several dogs, a neighbor said. They were not home when the fire started.

Speaking while still at the scene, Skowhegan Fire Chief Tom Keene said the family had been at Abnaki Campground in Madison; he didn’t know whether the animals survived.

“At this point in time we have no idea what the cause of the fire is,” he said around 6 p.m. He requested investigators from the Office of the Maine State Fire Marshal to help determine the cause.

Firefighters battled the blaze on what was already a 90-degree day. One firefighter was treated for dehydration, Keene said, and rescue workers watched to make sure fires didn’t start in the nearby woods.

Diane Engler, a neighbor who came to the scene, said she was sad for the family.

“They’re a very nice family. They work hard,” she said.

Keene didn’t know whether the house was insured, but said it was destroyed.

Erin Rhoda — 612-2368

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