OTIS, Maine — The residents of a West Shore Road home near Beech Hill Pond that caught fire early Friday were able to get out of the burning building, but the house, garage and a vehicle in the driveway were destroyed, Ellsworth Deputy Chief Gary Saunders said Friday.

The fire was reported at about 3:15 a.m. by someone at a nearby house, and Ellsworth responded as mutual aid to Mariaville, which covers Otis. Crews from Dedham, Aurora and Waltham also assisted.

“They arrived to a fully engulfed structure fire,” Saunders said of the Ellsworth firefighters, who were the first to arrive at the scene. “The report was that everyone was out of the building, so it was a full defensive attack. The building was a total loss.“

It took about 20 minutes to knock down the flames, and cleanup crews were on scene for hours.

“There was a garage adjacent to the house that also was completely destroyed and a car in the driveway that was destroyed,” Saunders said.

Ken Cantor, who lives on the Wards Road across the lake, got up and took photos of the early morning blaze.

“It was a powerful conflagration,” Cantor said. “The flames were above the trees.”