PORTLAND — A fire that broke out in a West End condominium this evening looked a lot worse than the damage it ultimately caused.

Neighbors, including Bob Smith, said they saw flames shooting out windows at 213 Vaughn St. – which is part of a much larger block of townhouse condominiums – around 7 p.m. Smith said he and a couple of teenage boys entered the building knocking on doors and alerting residents to the danger.

When Portland firefighters arrived, they encountered intense heat and smoke coming from the living room area of the second-floor condominium.

Deputy Chief Robert Wassick said fire crews were able to contain the fire from spreading to other condominiums. He credited the sturdy construction of the building with helping firefighters control the fire.

The owner of the condominium was not home. His unit was destroyed. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

No injuries were reported.