EMBDEN — A resident suffered second-degree burns Tuesday afternoon when fire destroyed the garage at a house in Embden.

Two occupants were home when the fire began at 39 Ginger Lane. The resident who was burned was not transported from the scene, according to Chief Stacey Beane of the Anson Fire Department.

Beane said firefighters were able to prevent flames from reaching the house, which was not damaged.

“We really don’t know what happened,” Beane said. “(The homeowner) was puttering around the garage and went back outside to rake the roof off on their house. (The homeowner) looked back and noticed that there was smoke coming from the garage.”

The cause of the fire remained unknown late Tuesday. Beane said the Office of State Fire Marshal had been contacted, but was not expected to have an investigator at the scene until Wednesday. Beane said the fire was not considered suspicious.

Beane said several fire departments responded to the fire at about 12:30 p.m. She said their efforts were somewhat hampered because the house is on a dead-end road and getting in and out was challenging.

Firefighters had the blaze extinguished within an hour, Beane said, and crews were at the scene until about 3:30 p.m.

Embden does not have its own fire department. Instead, Beane is listed on the town’s website as the fire warden.

Firefighters from Anson, Madison, Solon and Starks responded to the blaze, as did Upper Kennebec Valley Ambulance Service.

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