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One dead in overnight fire at Rumford apartment building

Three apartments in the building were home to three families. One person died, according to police. No others were injured.

RUMFORD, Maine — One person died overnight in a fire that engulfed a Rumford apartment building. 

The fire happened on Spruce Street. Crews were called in around 10:52 p.m. to the scene. 

That road is currently closed at the intersection with Prospect Ave., and is expected to be closed for most of the day, Tuesday. 

The four-story apartment building was almost entirely engulfed, according to authorities. 

Three apartments in the building were home to three families.

One person died. That person has not yet been identified according to Sgt. Ken Grimes of the Maine State Fire Marshall's Office.

The victim was found around 7:30 a.m. The Medical Examiner's Office is working to identify them.

No others were injured.

Crews have not yet determined the cause of the fire, but they have been able to say it started on the first floor.

A neighboring building had minor damage from the flames.

Fire crews, the State Fire Marshall's office, and the Red Cross are all on the scene.

A cashier at the Circle K and Shell gas station close by to the fire told NEWS CENTER Maine he saw firefighters frequent the store late Monday evening for coffee and water. 

This is an ongoing story and will be updated. 

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