Two area fires, in Jefferson and Augusta, kept firefighters busy Saturday.

The first call involved a fire that destroyed a seasonal home at 28 Cottage Road in Jefferson. It was reported just before 1 a.m.

Fire Chief Walter Morris said the home on Damariscotta Lake was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived there. The home is owned by Jeff and Amy Dominick of Connecticut.

“The wife is going to come up this afternoon. The husband’s away,” Morris said Saturday. “The fire marshal’s office is going to come out and take a look to determine the cause of the fire. There were no injuries, and no one occupied the house.”

Morris said the home was at the end of a narrow, icy camp road, so it was hard to getting firetrucks close to the fire. He said one engine got near it, but a tanker truck had to be parked far away and the hoses had to be dragged to the scene.

“Apparently they had friends stay last weekend, but they left on Wednesday, so no one has been in the house since then,” he said. “They do keep it heated year-round, so the heating and electric systems were on.”

He said the fire could have been burning a good two hours before anyone noticed it. It was knocked down within a half hour. Firefighters cleared the scene at 4 a.m.

“Our initial objective was making sure that the garage next to the house didn’t catch fire, and we were successful in that,” Morris said.

Firefighters from Jefferson, Nobelboro, Waterboro, Whitefield, Windsor and Somerville responded to the fire call.

Later in the day, at 11:44 a.m., the Augusta Fire Department got a report of black smoke at 376 Church Hill Road in Augusta. The ranch-style home had smoke streaming out of a hole in the roof, but no flames were visible.

Augusta Battalion Chief David Groder said the home is owned by Christina Brochu, who discovered the fire upon her return home.

“The fire started in the kitchen,” Groder said. “We’re still trying to determine the exact location and cause at this point. It’s smoke and some heat damage throughout. There’s some minor structural damage that can be repaired, but they should be able to fix the house back up.”

The fire marshal was at the scene at 4 p.m., he said.

The Winthrop Fire Department provided backup coverage for the city with additional Augusta crews while Augusta, Chelsea, Vassalboro and Togus firefighters were at the fire scene, along with Gardiner Rescue.

“There was a huge amount of people there,” Groder said, adding that Brochu “has a huge network of friends and family helping her out.”

Mechele Cooper — 621-5663

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