Fire at Brunswick apartment building displaces residents

Posted Jan. 12, 2012, at 4:19 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:01 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Fire alarms likely saved a four-unit apartment complex Wednesday night, said Don Koslosky, deputy chief of the Brunswick Fire Department.

The occupants of an apartment at 9 Perryman Drive, which is owned by Brunswick Housing Authority, were watching television when the alarms went off about 9:20 p.m. The first firefighters at the scene found heavy smoke coming from the building’s eaves, and inside they found heavy smoke and heat throughout the second floor. A fire smoldered in a bathroom, said Koslosky.

“The cause is unknown at this time,” he said, adding that Brunswick Fire Department officers were investigating the cause Thursday. All of the occupants of the apartment block were evacuated but because the fire was contained, they were able to return to their homes late Wednesday night. The occupants of the apartment where the fire was stayed with neighbors Wednesday night.

Koslosky said the apartment, which is in the Cooks Corner area of Brunswick, had smoke and heat damage on the second floor.

“We were able to get there fast because of early notification of smoke detectors,” said Koslosky. “That’s what I think saved the building. It was a quick knockdown.”

Crews from Bath, West Bath and Topsham assisted at the scene while the Freeport and Topsham fire departments covered the Brunswick station.

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