FLAMES BURST through a side of a house at 28 Hurley Drive in Richmond Wednesday afternoon.

FLAMES BURST through a side of a house at 28 Hurley Drive in Richmond Wednesday afternoon.

RICHMOND

A fire destroyed a house at 28 Hurley Drive in Richmond Wednesday afternoon, displacing a family of four and their pets.

Firefighters attacked the fast-spreading blaze from all sides of the house before it was finally extinguished.

Owner Brian Hurley wasn’t home when the fire started and said he doesn’t know the cause.

Hurley had owned the house since it was built in 1991. He lived there with his wife and two daughters, and said no one was home when the fire started. The family had many sentimental items in their house — from photos that can’t be replaced to his daughter’s sports trophies. Both his daughters, 18 and 22, had lived in the house their entire lives. His youngest daughter’s newly purchased prom dress is also gone.

FIREFIGHTERS at Wednesday’s house fire in Richmond.

FIREFIGHTERS at Wednesday’s house fire in Richmond.

“We lost everything,” he said.

However, the house is insured he said. The family’s dog was with Hurley at work, and he found one of their cats. Firefighters believe they saw the other cat run away from the home into the woods.

Hurley expected the family will stay with relatives.

Many family and friends showed up at the scene to offer their support, and Hurley said he was just happy everyone is OK.

Firefighters from Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Dresden,

Woolwich, Pittston, Litchfield and Gardiner assisted on Wednesday.

The state fire marshal is investigating.

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