AUGUSTA — A fire Tuesday night on Kayla Lane left a mother and her daughter without a home.

The fire, the second to break out in the city during a four-hour period, resulted in minor damage in the kitchen of a mobile home. No one was injured, officials said.

The woman, who is a renting the mobile home, inadvertently left a stove burner switched on with a pot on it while she was away.

“When she came home, the smoke detectors were going off and the place was full of smoke,” Augusta Fire Chief Roger Audette said.

Audette said some electrical components in the kitchen were damaged, so the home’s power had to be shut off. The family can return when the damage is repaired and the power is restored, Audette said.

The fire broke out around 6:45 p.m. at 7 Kayla Lane, which is off Mount Vernon Avenue. Audette said the family had been without power for some time before the fire occurred, and then Central Maine Power Co. restored electricity Tuesday.

Firefighters doused the flames quickly, but they spent about an hour making sure the fire had not spread inside the walls. One lane of Mount Vernon Avenue was closed because firetrucks were forced to park on the avenue.

“It was very hard to get at,” Audette said.

The fire was the second to which crews responded in the span of four hours. An earlier electrical fire that broke out near the roof of a three-story, five-unit apartment building at 32 State St. displaced four families and a total of a dozen people. City agencies as well as the American Red Cross responded to both fires to help those affected find temporary shelter.

“Five families were displaced yesterday between both fires, so it creates quite a burden,” Audette said.

Augusta firefighters had a number of calls during the time period, including assisting in Chelsea at the scene of a crash that resulted in a fire. The temperature throughout the period hovered in the 80s with high humidity.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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Twitter: @CraigCrosby4


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