FREEMAN TOWNSHIP — A fire on Saturday afternoon destroyed a home and garage on Fenwicks Drive.

Tellis Fenwick, 65, said he was working in his garage on Saturday when he heard a popping sound and saw flames coming out of the walls. He called the fire department and got his wife, Brenda, out of the house.

The couple was able to save a few photographs but nothing else from the one-and-a-half story house that Fenwick built himself in 1986.

“We were home when it happened and I have no idea what started it. I saw flames in the garage and within 10 minutes the roof had caved in,” said Fenwick.

The fire was reported at around noon on Saturday and had engulfed most of the house and attached three-bay garage by the time firefighters arrived, said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Rundlett of the New Portland Fire Department.

The home, which was located at 95 Fenwicks Drive, is a total loss, said Rundlett. No one was injured though and the couple was able to get their pets out before firefighters arrived, he said.

It took firefighters about two hours to get the blaze under control and another two hours to put the fire out completely, said Rundlett. The cause is still undetermined but the state fire marshal will be investigating the scene on Monday, he said.

The fire was difficult to fight because the house is on a dead-end street and firefighters had to get water from a hydrant nearly a mile away, said Rundlett.

The family does have insurance, he said.

On Sunday, Fenwick and his wife were shopping for new clothes in Freeport. He said they are staying with their son in Salem.

Firefighters from Anson, Carrabassett Valley, Kingfield, New Portland and New Vineyard responded. Sugarloaf Rescue was also on the scene.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368
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