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Portland fire displaces at least seven people

Firefighters are still investigating the cause, but Deputy Chief Neat said that damage was minor, and the the building was not a total loss.
CTSY: Jason Bisbing

PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- Seven people were displaced from their home in Portland Saturday night after a fire began on the fourth floor of their apartment building on St. Lawrence Street, according to firefighters.

Deputy Chief Shawn Neat said that the fire began on a fourth-floor deck, which is the highest level of the multi-unit building. Neat said seven people were inside at the time, but escaped without injury. He did not have the total number of residents that live in the building.

Neat said they got the call around 6:20 p.m. of the blaze in the four-unit building.

Firefighters are still investigating the cause, but Deputy Chief Neat said that damage was minor, and the the building was not a total loss. He said the fire burnt the back of the building and the roof, but it did not spread.

Firefighters were able to quickly contain the fire. A ladder truck from the Munjoy Hill Station arrived on scene while an engine came quickly from the Central station while the engine from Munjoy Hill responded to a medical call on the highway, Neat said.