Firefighters from Winslow, Waterville and Oakland watch as first responders extinguish the final flames of a garage fire at 34 Hallowell St. in Winslow Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured in the fire, which Winslow Fire Chief Michael Murphy said he believes was started accidentally by the homeowner welding in the garage. Dylan Tusinski/Morning Sentinel

WINSLOW — A fire Tuesday afternoon quickly engulfed a garage and damaged a home at 34 Hallowell St., officials said.

The homeowner was briefly trapped inside the garage, but made it out safely with the assistance of town employees who were nearby, Winslow Fire Chief Michael Murphy said.

The fire was reported at 2:38 by Winslow Public Works employees who saw smoke billowing from the structure, Murphy said. Firefighters were on scene just three minutes later, and the fire was extinguished by about 3:15.

“Public Works noticed the fire, they called on the radio advising that the homeowner went back inside,” Murphy said. “Somebody from public works went in and grabbed him, brought him out, and brought him across the street. No injuries.”

Firefighters from several nearby towns responded to the blaze, including Waterville, Benton, Fairfield, Oakland and Vassalboro.

Though the fire’s cause remains under investigation, Murphy said he thought it was an accidental fire caused by the homeowner “welding or grinding inside the shed.”

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