STRONG — A fire destroyed a shed Tuesday morning and heavily damaged an attached ranch-style home at 283 West Freeman Road, Fire Chief Duayne Boyd said.

State fire investigators Kenneth MacMaster and Jeremy Damren determined the cause was electrical and accidental and the fire started in the shed, Boyd said. 

Occupants Derick Allen and Lilly Reid were able to get out of the home safely.

Reid noticed the fire and reported it at about 4:50 a.m. 

When the first truck arrived, a little shed attached to the house was engulfed in flames and the fire had gotten into the house and was burning out through the roof, Boyd said. The flames had spread from one end of the attic to the other, he said.

It took about 30 to 45 minutes to put it out.

Firefighters put salvage covers over personal belongings inside the home.    

“You can’t live in the house,” Boyd said.

Allen’s grandmother owns the home, which is insured. It’s not clear if the two had renters insurance, he said.

American Red Cross was notified, and both occupants have family in the area, he said.

Departments assisting Strong included Farmington, Kingfield, New Vineyard, Phillips and Wilton.

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