PORTLAND, Maine (PORTLAND PRESS HERALD) -- It’s been nearly two years since an early morning fire swept through a Portland apartment building and killed six young adults. This week, a judge in Portland will be asked to answer a question that has divided some in the community: Was the landlord at fault in their deaths?

Landlord Gregory Nisbet goes on trial Monday and could face a lengthy prison sentence if he is convicted. It would be the first time in Maine that a landlord has been successfully prosecuted for manslaughter in the death of a tenant because of negligent operation of the building, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.