Firefighters from Anson and neighboring communities spent more than three hours Friday battling the fire at 24 Heald St. that was reported at about 12:30 a.m. Photo courtesy of the Anson Fire Department

ANSON — A fire destroyed a residence early Friday morning at 24 Heald St., officials confirmed.

Anson Fire Chief Stacey Beane said the blaze was reported around 12:30 a.m., and that it took nearly three hours for crews to extinguish it. The home’s lone occupant escaped the fire uninjured, she said.

“The garage was totally already burned prior to arrival,” Beane said. “And I believe the garage and the house were pretty close together.”

The resident inside the house was reportedly asleep when the fire began, Beane said, and that “five or six people, if not seven” called it in.

Beane said her department requested full mutual aid, with firefighters from Anson, Madison, Norridgewock, Farmington and Skowhegan responding.

The cause is still undetermined and an investigation has been launched by the Office of State Fire Marshal. Beane noted that “(the homeowner) was there and then he wasn’t there” after first responders arrived on scene.

“I won’t be able to disclose too much until this investigation is over with,” she added. “We’re not really sure what really went down.”

Starks, Solon, New Portland and Industry firefighters also responded.

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