An early morning fire consumed a vacation cottage at Colonial Gables Oceanfront Village on Searsport Avenue in Belfast, early Monday morning, Sept. 5.

The building was unoccupied, and the fire did not spread to any adjacent cottages, the nearest of which was roughly 20 feet away.

Belfast Fire Chief Jim Richards said his department received the report of the fire just before 5:30 a.m. Monday, and that initially, the blaze sounded much more widespread than what was actually the case.

“They told us when they paged us out that it was two [cottages], but when we got there it was only one,” said Richards.

While en route to the scene, Richards said he called on the Searsport Fire Department for assistance because he was concerned that there may have been two structures involved.

When Richards arrived at the scene, he said fire had consumed much of the cottage, which was located closer to the Route 1 side of the property, just past the main office.

“The roof was gone when we got there,” said Richards, who noted that the building was unoccupied.

About 15 Belfast firefighters responded to the scene, Richards said, as did about a dozen Searsport firefighters.

A worker at the scene Monday morning, after the fire was out, spotted a crack in the window in a nearby cottage that he speculated may have been caused by the heat from the burning cottage, but there was no other apparent damage to adjacent buildings.

Colonial Gables has 43 freestanding cottages. According to maintenance worker Robert Connor, the building that burned on Monday was one of seven that were privately owned. The owner, who lives in Nebraska, was not in the area, Connor said.

Connor arrived at the campground shortly before 6 a.m. and said the fire had consumed much of the building at that point. He did not know the cause of the fire but was expecting a visit from a state fire marshal on Tuesday.

A camper from the adjacent Moorings Campground who was looking over the burnt remains of the cottage late Monday morning said he was awoken by the flames sometime between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m. and that the blaze was impressive.

“It was quite a way to wake up in the morning,” he said.

Richards said Tuesday morning that the cause of the fire remains under investigation, and confirmed that the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office had been called in to examine the scene.