South Portland fire leaves 7 people homeless

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Seven residents of an apartment house at 72 Hill St. were left homeless after a Sunday morning fire now under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

South Portland Fire Department Lt. Robb Couture said no one was injured in the blaze first reported at 12:17 a.m. City firefighters declared an “all hands” alarm, and were assisted by Portland firefighters.

The inhabitants of three apartment units made it out safely, and firefighters rescued two cats and a dog. Couture said it appears the fire started outside the apartment building, went up the exterior wall and spread into the attic. The building is between Hill Street and Broadway, near the triangular intersection of the streets.

Couture said state fire marshals were asked to investigate because the source and spot of ignition were not readily located. A fourth apartment in the building was unoccupied, he said.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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No one was injured in a fire that damaged this four-unit apartment building at 72 Hill St., South Portland, early Sunday, June 2. Seven residents were displaced by the blaze fought by city and Portland firefighters.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.