Investigators from the Office of State Fire Marshal are due Monday at the site of a fire that destroyed a garage and damaged a single-family log home Friday on China Road in Winslow.

Winslow Fire Capt. Waylon Capp said Sunday that the cause of the fire is still unknown. He said he still does not have the names of the owners, but said that all the pets had been rescued.

“The cause is unknown right now and we’re actually going out, I believe, tomorrow with the fire marshal,” Capp said Sunday. “We’ll know more tomorrow. We found all the pets. The pets were taken to the vet and all have been released from the vet and they’re all doing great.”

More than two dozen firefighters from Waterville, Winslow, Albion, Vassalboro, China and China Village fire departments worked at the scene of the fire at 1178 China Road.

The fire broke out about 3 p.m. and destroyed a car parked in the driveway. Thick gray smoke and flames shot out of both the house and garage, according to a published report. Firefighters were taking water from a pond about 3 miles west of the fire scene on Route 137 to fight the fire.

Capp said the garage was destroyed, but firefighters managed to keep most of the fire out of the house. The house, however, is uninhabitable, he added.

Meanwhile on Saturday there were two other fires locally, one in a mobile home park in Clinton and another in a garage on Lakewood Road in Madison.

Clinton Assistant Fire Chief Tim Fuller said Sunday that two cats perished Saturday morning in a mobile home fire in Ames Trailer Park in that town. Fuller said the fire appears to have started in an exhaust fan in the ceiling of the bathroom and spread into the mobile home.

“It was on one side of the mobile home, that’s where the heaviest amount of damage was,” Fuller said by phone Sunday.

Fuller said the owner was close by and tried to put the fire out, but it got away from him and they called 911.

“The 911 dispatcher advised them to leave the residence and evacuate everybody,” he said. “The two cats unfortunately didn’t make it out.”

The home, which was rendered uninhabitable, was owned by Crystal and Bruce Langley. They did not have insurance, according to Fuller.

Clinton fire and police were assisted at the scene by fire crews from Fairfield, Winslow and Albion.

In Madison, fire crews from seven area towns battled a blaze Saturday afternoon in a garage on Lakewood Road, north of the Lakewood Theater and golf course. The garage Sunday appeared to have been destroyed. No other information was available. A call placed to the Madison Fire Department was not immediately returned Sunday.

Shawn Howard, fire chief in Skowhegan, said his department sent a crew to the scene, but he did not have details on how the fire started or the extent of the damage from the fire that was reported just before 1 p.m. Saturday.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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