WATERFORD — A Waterford family has lost its home and most of its worldly possessions following a weekend fire.

Nearly 60 firefighters from five western Maine towns battled the blaze first reported at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

The three-story home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Homeowner Patrick MacDonald tells the Sun Journal that the house had fire detectors, but they did not alert the family to the fire. Instead, they smelled the smoke.

MacDonald and his wife, Christina, got their children and another relative out before anyone was hurt.

MacDonald says the family has lived in the home about six years and put everything they had into it.

The cause remains under investigation.

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