SACO — The state fire marshal’s office says the careless disposal of smoking material caused a fire that displaced a family from their Saco home.

Firefighters were called to 70 Berry Road around 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to Fire Chief John Duross.

Duross said the fire started on the front porch and spread into the single-story home.

A state fire marshal’s investigation revealed the fire was caused by careless disposal of smoking material,” he said.

The three occupants at the home escaped without injury, but the house was severely damaged, and “wind-driven” fire and cold temperatures created challenging conditions for firefighters, he said.

The house is not habitable and the residents of the property are staying with relatives, said Duross.

Firefighters left the scene around 5 p.m. The fire department received assistance from Biddeford Goodwin’s Mills, Hollis, Buxton and Scarborough.

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