June 20, 2018
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Fire destroys apartment building in Westbrook

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WESTBROOK, Maine — A fire that destroyed a three-unit apartment building in Westbrook on Tuesday was started by a young boy playing with a lighter or matches, according to police.

Westbrook Public Safety Chief Michael Pardue said the blaze broke out at the 689 Main St. building just after 9 p.m.

Fortunately for authorities, the building is located a couple of blocks from the Westbrook public safety building, enabling firefighters to respond quickly.

“There was a police officer there who was adjacent to it as [the fire] was called in,” Pardue said.

Pardue said three families were displaced in the blaze, but nobody was injured, even though police had to rescue one female tenant trapped on the second floor.

Officials from the state fire marshal’s office went through the damage Tuesday night and into Wednesday and determined a boy under the age of 5 had been playing with a lighter or matches, according to Pardue.

The fire even melted siding on a building next door, but thanks to the quick response from authorities, there was no structural damage to that building, Pardue said.

The building was considered a total loss and the Red Cross was called in to aid the displaced tenants. Crews from Westbrook, Portland, Gorham, Scarborough and Falmouth battled the fire.

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