5 escape house fire in Denmark, 4 pets missing

Firefighters say a house in Denmark was destroyed after an early morning fire Tuesday. (WGME)

DENMARK (WGME) -- A home in Denmark was destroyed after an early morning fire.

It happened around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The family of five got okay.

The homeowner, Misty Romero, says she, her children and grandchild were all asleep when the fire broke out.

“It went up so fast. It was like a it was like a card board box,” Romero said.

Romero says her dream home is now gone

“It was exactly what I always wanted, a farmhouse fixer upper and I had enough room for all the kids and then there were grandkids so I had all the room in the world and now it's gone,” Romero said.

She says her daughter got up to check on her 2-week-old baby when she smelled smoke and yelled for her mother.

Romero says she found the flames coming from the baby's nursery.

Denmark Fire Chief Chris Wentworth says when crews arrived flames were shooting out of the home.

“There was fire coming out of all four sides of the building. It was fully engulfed, involved very early on,” Chief Wentworth said.

Firefighters say the older construction of the building made it go up so fast. They also had to fight a small fire in nearby woods when embers blew to a field across the street.

Ramero says she was able to grab two of her family’s kittens, but they're still missing three cats and a bunny.

Firefighters and Romero say they’re just happy no one was hurt.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office will be investigating the cause of the fire.

Chief Wentworth says crews will be monitoring what's left of the home to make sure the fire doesn't spark up, especially with Tuesday’s heightened fire danger levels.

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