|By Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The blaze started on the porch of the third floor at
The fire worked its way into the building's attic, making its way into a sidewall. Fire walls had been built into the attic, slowing the fire's progress, O'Connell said. Firefighters cut a hole in the roof over the middle section and had access to the outside sections through an opening in the ceiling.
Fire, smoke and water damage was estimated at more than
Electrical and gas service were shut off to the building and likely won't be restored until the middle of next week at the earliest, O'Connell said.
The blaze was called in shortly before
No injuries to tenants nor firefighters were reported.
"They did an amazing job stopping the fire," O'Connell said.
If confirmed that smoking materials caused the fire, this will mark the same cause for the third time this year in the city, O'Connell said. There were eight fires caused by smoking materials last year, he said.
"People need to make sure their smoking materials are extinguished" and disposed of properly in a metal or other non-flamable container, he said.
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