An Auburn home was damaged in a heavy fire that displaced a woman and her dogs early Monday morning.
At around 3:30 a.m. New Year's Day, the Auburn Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at the intersection of Washington and Orchard streets. Upon arrival, Auburn Fire Captain Matt Quill said firefighters found the house at 29 Orchard St. was fully engulfed with fire on all three floors.
Due to the dangerously cold temperatures, four alarms were requested to bring in additional personnel. Quill said a downed power line blocked firefighters from accessing the hydrant in the front yard, which forced crews to use tank water from three engines to extinguish the fire.
"The cold weather made it tough," he said. "The crews made a hit on the outside with a large-diameter hose, and once they knocked that down a little bit, they made an aggressive attack on the inside of the home."
As of 3 p.m., crews were still on scene to investigate the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported, but one resident was being assisted by the Red Cross. Quill said the occupant and her two dogs safely evacuated the home before driving down to the fire station to report the fire Monday morning.
"Her cell phone was in a part of the house that was covered by fire or smoke, so she did the smart thing and got herself out and drove down to the fire station to report it," he said.
Although there was extensive damage on all three floors of the home, Quill said he does not believe it is a total loss.