SIDNEY — The cause of a fire at a day care center on Reynolds Hill Road which forced the owner and four children to evacuate the building Wednesday afternoon remained under investigation Wednesday night.

The fire broke out at around 12:30 p.m. at Jen’s Day Care. Firefighters from six departments worked to extinguish the flames until about 3 p.m.

The cause and origin of the fire were unknown Wednesday, said Deputy Chief Dave Groder of the Augusta Fire Department. Sidney Fire Chief Richard Jandreau was not on scene immediately and could not be reached for comment.

“I can’t even freakin’ look at it,” said owner Jennifer Brunelle as she wiped away tears. There were four children at the day care center Wednesday, but they all got out safely and they were all picked up by their parents, she said.

Brunelle said she didn’t know how or why the fire started.

The center is licensed by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services as a home day care business, but does not participate in its voluntary quality rating and improvement system.

Firefighters from Augusta, Belgrade, Oakland, Rome, Sidney and Smithfield as well as Delta Ambulance responded. The Office of the Maine State Fire Marshal is assisting the Sidney department with an investigation, said Groder.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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