A local couple lost their home and two pets when a fire ripped through their West Waldo Road residence Friday afternoon.

Belfast Fire Chief Jim Richards said when he arrived at the scene, flames were shooting out from under the front porch, reaching six to eight feet up the front of the house.

“There was fire coming out of the window on the north end,” Richards said.

Fire crews from Belfast, Morrill, Waldo, Searsport and Northport responded to the fire, which was reported just before 3 p.m. While Richards said the flames were doused within 20 minutes, the combination of fire, smoke and water left the home unsalvageable.

“It just charred everything inside,” Richards said.

Richards said the couple who reside there, Chris and Sharon Casperson, were not at home when the blaze started.

“[Sharon Casperson] had been there for lunch time, but then she left,” said Richards.

The Casperson’s dog perished in the fire, as did the couple’s cat.

Richardson expressed gratitude to the neighboring fire departments that came to aid Belfast firefighters.

“They brought in tankers so we wouldn’t run out of water,” said Richards. “Everything worked great.”

Richards said investigators with the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office inspected the remains of the home to see if a cause could be determined, but as of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Richards said the cause of the fire is undetermined.