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3-Alarm fire destroys Rangeley home

3-Alarm fire destroys Rangeley home.{ } (Photo Courtesy: Tim Pellerin, Rangeley Fire Chief)

RANGELEY (WGME) -- A three-alarm fire destroyed a home in Rangeley early Thursday morning.

Rangeley Fire Chief Tim Pellerin tells CBS13 the fire started around 3:15 a.m. at a home on Skyland Drive.

Chief Pellerin says they got on scene within 9 minutes but the house was already fully engulfed.

The two homeowners and their three dogs made it out safely, thanks to working smoke detectors, but a cat died.

The chief says the cause of the fire was improperly disposed hot ashes that were put in a container on the porch.

Firefighters are reminding Mainers to store hot ashes in fire-proof containers and never put them on the porch.

Chief Pellerin says ashes can stay hot for up to two weeks.

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