ETNA, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Etna and Carmel firefighters had a busy Monday, with multiple house fires. The high temperatures and exhaustion caused the firefighters to call for help.
Emergency responders were on the scene at 289 West Etna Road in Etna, not for anyone living in the home. They were there for the firefighters.
Etna Fire Chief, Shawn Rider, said "The heat has got to all the fire fighters. It's been an extensive effort to get the fire put out."
One firefighter left in an ambulance due to heat exhaustion and many were treated onsite.
Fire Chief Michael Azevedo of the Carmel Fire Department said the heat caused the need for extra man power. Tweleve different fire crews were called to douse the flames.
"Because of the heat, that is really the hard part," said Azevedo. "They are dropping quicker than we can get inside to put it out."
The Carmel Firefighters Auxilary passed out bottled water, sports drinks and even ice cream to refuel the firefighters.
"Their safety is priority and keeping them hydrated to keep them where they need to be."
The owners of the home were out of town and it was a nearby neighbor who called authorities.
For many Carmel and Etna firefighters this was the second call of the day.
Early this morning, around four-thirty officials were called to a house fire in Camel. Not long after the flames were extinguished and contained the second call came in.
An investigator with the State Fire Marshal's Office was on site to help determine the cause of the fire.