Firefighters from four departments battled an Augusta blaze at 323 Riverside Drive in Augusta around 6:45 a.m. (May 28) this morning. The fire destroyed the home and the family lost everything. Two family pets that were unable to be saved. The cause of the fire is likely accidental.

The home belonged to the Eastman family. According to WMTW, the woman and her two children escaped unharmed. They are currently staying with relatives. According to the Maine National Guard, the husband  serves with the military and is currently in Virginia on business. He is heading back to Augusta to join his family.

The Maine National Guard is now collecting clothing and other items that may be needed. The Eastman family needs size 4 girl's clothing and size 9 shoes, size 6 boy's clothing and size 13 shoes. Their mother is in need of size 4 to 6 clothing and size 7.5 shoes. Any donations can be brought to the Buker Family Assistance Center on Armory Street in Augusta.