Fire in Maine Kills Five [Update]


Updating a previous article that appeared at the Guardian Liberty Voice, a fire in Maine that erupted at a house that had been converted into an apartment building has killed five. The previous article had reported that four had been killed in the fire that began early on Saturday morning, and one was severely burned and was transported to a Boston hospital, though the death toll might rise.

Now, the numbers of people confirmed by authorities as perishing in the fire, which occurred nearby the campus of the University of Maine, has risen to five. The person who was critically burned and jumped from a second-floor window was taken to a Boston hospital and is being treated for his severe burns.

The identities of the victims have not been confirmed, as there was a Halloween party at the apartment building on Friday night and it is unclear if the people who died in the fire were all residents of the apartments or if some were guests.

The deadly blaze was called in to the fire department at 7:17 a.m., by a driver who had been headed to work, Damien Croxford, but neighbors reported to WCSH-TV that it began sometime after 6:00 a.m. He stated that some of the people who had resided in the apartment building had told him that they were not sure how many people were inside the building whenever the fire began. The exact time the fatal blaze began has not been pinned down, but it was between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m.

Nathan Long, who was one of the residents of the apartments who managed to escape, stated to the Portland Press Herald that his fire alarm went of at around 7:00 a.m. Long reportedly yelled “Fire!” and ran to the rear of the house, where they escaped through a window by first jumping onto a porch. From there, they jumped onto the ground and saw another resident’s severely burned body.

According to Portland, Maine authorities, the campus center at the University of Maine is being used by friends and families of the victims as a base. There will likely be further updates to come, as the identities of the victims of the fire that has killed five in Portland, Maine, are revealed. It is possible that one or more of the people who perished in the blaze were people who had attended the Halloween party from Friday night.

Two of the bodies of the victims were discovered on the first floor of the Maine apartment building, while two others were found on the second floor. Portland Fire Chief Jerry LaMoria announced later that a fifth person had also died in the blaze, but it has not yet been confirmed where the body of the fifth victim that died was discovered. Seven people, it has been confirmed, managed to escape from the apartment building.

Five people have now been reported as having died in the conflagration by fire officials in Portland, Maine, updated from the four mentioned in a previous report here. It is unclear if the victims were college students, though the majority of the residents of the apartment building were students who attended the University of Maine.

Written By Douglas Cobb

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