NORTH BERWICK — North Berwick firefighters were called to a home on Ford Quint Road at 2:30 a.m. for a fire in a small house that firefighters said was about 200 years old.

The lone occupant of the house got out safely but the fire destroyed the interior of the structure.

The man was alerted to the fire when he got up to the bathroom and smelled smoke, said Fire Chief Brian Gosselin.

The old construction of the house, 173 Ford Quint Road, posed challenges Gosselin said because sheet rock was attached to barn boards and difficult to tear down to get at the flames.

Firefighters from neighboring towns helped put out the blaze but it was not declared under control until 9 a.m. Gosselin said.