CHINA — A house belonging to a town employee was destroyed by a fire Wednesday morning.

Town officials said the home at 88 Weeks Mills Road is owned by Shawn Reed, who is a public works employee for the town of China.

Firefighting crews from China, South China, Palermo, Vassalboro and Weeks Mills were on scene Wednesday afternoon, but flames had been knocked down before 1 p.m.

Smoke streamed out of the remains of the roofless structures as firefighters sprayed water and foam inside. The fire destroyed most of the walls and melted the beige siding on the wall portions that still stood.

The homeowners weren’t there when the fire started and called it in after returning home, said South China Fire Chief Richard Morse.

When firefighters arrived, the house was already “pretty well” burning, Morse said.

No one was injured, and it’s not clear what started the fire, he said.