HUDSON, Maine — When firefighters arrived at an early Wednesday morning blaze at 472 Old Town Road, they feared the worse, Fire Chief Mike Simmons said.

“When units arrived the roof of the structure had already collapsed in. We initially thought the home’s owner was there,” he said.

The fire was reported at 2:30 a.m. and a fire official quickly started making calls trying to locate the woman who owned the house.

“We found out she was visiting a relative in Parkman,” Simmons said. “The structure was so far gone we did a defensive attack.”

About 30 firefighters from Glenburn, Corinth, Bradford, Charleston, Alton and Hudson battled the single-story ranch blaze, which took about three hours to extinguish, the fire chief said.

No injuries were reported, but one cat is currently missing, Simmons said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)