Oyster River Fire Department battled a house fire in the Black Creek area midday on Saturday.
Crews responded to the scene at the 8100 block of the Old Island Highway around 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 8, finding a house, set well back from the road, fully involved. Thick grey smoke was pouring from the back of the metal roof of the house.
An ambulance arrived at the site shortly after 12 p.m., but nobody was injured.
“There was nobody at home at the time of the fire,” said Oyster River fire chief Bruce Green.
The occupant later arrived to talk to firefighters and police, while the department continued to battle the fire, spraying water at the roof of the structure. Traffic flaggers were at the roadside to direct traffic, though the highway remained open in both directions.
The department sent about 20 to 25 firefighters and all of the department’s apparatus, including two engines and three utility vehicles to the scene.
The fire chief said there was fairly extensive damage to the house.
“It got into the attic, so the whole roof structure is damaged,” Green said.
There was fire damage to one roof of the structure, and heat and smoke damage to the rest.
“The fire started on the outside of the house, but we’re still investigating,” he added.