A fire Tuesday afternoon heavily damaged the garage attached to a home on Red Maple Lane in Augusta, but the quick action of a firefighter who lived nearby might have prevented further damage.

That firefighter, Donny Genest, lives on the same street and went to 66 Red Maple Lane after he heard a popping sound outside, which came from the tires of a car that had caught fire in the home’s driveway, the Augusta Fire Department wrote on its Facebook page.

The fire also had spread to the home’s attached garage, and the home’s residents escaped safely.

Around 3:15 p.m., Genest called 911, and when a fire engine arrived, he “quickly deployed a fire hose and contained the bulk of the fire before it could spread to the house,” according to the Facebook post. “As you can see his actions and quick thinking kept a serious fire from being much worse. All of the firefighters that responded did an amazing job.”

No one was injured in the fire. The American Red Cross of Maine is assisting the family of eight who lived in the home with shelter, food and other needs, they agency announced in a news release.

Several other area departments assisted Augusta firefighters.

The Facebook post didn’t indicate what caused the original car fire, and a call to Augusta Fire Chief Roger Audette wasn’t returned Wednesday afternoon.

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