Residents safe after fire at Maine group home

Posted May 14, 2010, at 7:03 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Everyone is safe after a fire at a Maine home for people with mental illness.

Portland Deputy Fire Chief Robert Wassick said the fire at 130 Park St. was reported about 10 p.m. Thursday.

When firefighters arrived at Shalom House they found heavy fire and smoke. Most of the damage was confined to the third floor apartment and roof.

Wassick says the fire appears to have been started by an electrical malfunction. People living in the house were moved to other locations.

Shalom House is described as an assisted living facility for people with mental illness.

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