August 14, 2013

Two-alarm fire damages Grant Street apartment building

All residents of the 19-unit apartment building escape unharmed, fire officials say, and damage is heavy.

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND – A two-alarm fire heavily damaged the top story of a three-story apartment building on Grant Street on Wednesday afternoon.

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A firefighter pauses while working on the roof to keep an eye on flames at 129 Grant St. in Portland on Wednesday. A two-alarm fire heavily damaged the top story of the three-story apartment building.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Staff Photographer

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A two-alarm fire heavily damaged the top story of a three-story apartment building on Grant Street in Portland on Wednesday.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Staff Photographer

Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria said all residents of the 19-unit building at 129 Grant St. got out of the building unharmed when the fire started shortly after 3 p.m.

He said it started either on the top floor or in a small attic space above the third story. The cause wasn't immediately known, LaMoria said, and investigators will try to determine how it started.

The fire spread smoke over a large area of the Parkside neighborhood. Flames were still visible coming through the roof about a half-hour after it started, but firefighters had it knocked down by 4 p.m.

Dan Hoffman, the owner of the building and two adjacent buildings, said there were 40 tenants at 129 Grant St.

Both Hoffman and LaMoria said the building's smoke detectors appeared to work and several tenants said they heard alarms going off.

Red Cross officials would help tenants find housing, LaMoria said.

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