A fire broke out in a two-story apartment building in Maine on Saturday morning, killing four students and injuring one from the University of Maine who were housed there, according to authorities in a report broken by Fox News. The death toll could rise, as authorities are still trying to account for a number of people who had attended a Halloween party the night before, on Friday.
The fire was reported at 7:17 a.m. but it had gutted the apartment building before the fire department had time to respond to the call. It is not known at this time if the people who are still unaccounted for had been in the building at the time of the fire or had left at some point during the night.
Also, according to Steve McCausland, a spokesman for the state fire marshals, they are not sure if “the victims are residents of the home or guests.” He added that “most” of the residents of the apartment building “are USM students.”
Two of the bodies found were on the first floor and two were on the second. One person jumped from a second floor window and is reportedly in critical condition with severe burns at a Boston hospital.
The 911 call was phoned in by Damien Croxford of South Portland, Maine, who was driving by the apartment building on his way to work. He stated that people who had been inside the building told him they were did not know for sure how many people had been inside the apartment building when the fire broke out.
According to Peter Quint, a spokesman for the University of Maine, the identities of the victims are not known at this time. In an email on Saturday afternoon, he said there was not information yet on “whether any of the victims are USM students.”
A report by the Press Herald stated that the house the apartments are in was constructed in 1920 and the owner of the building is Gregory Nisbet. On Saturday, Nisbet could not be reached because his phone number was out of service.
A fire that gutted an apartment building in Maine has resulted in the deaths of at least four people, and one has been transported to the burn unit at Boston Hospital and is critical condition. More information will be reported on as it becomes available.
Written By Douglas Cobb