April 24, 2018
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8 people displaced after fire at Waterville apartment building

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — Eight tenants were displaced from their units after a fire broke out at a two-apartment house on Wednesday afternoon.

The blaze broke out around 5 p.m. and firefighters had things under control by 6:40, Waterville fire Lt. Scott Holst said Thursday.

The fire started in the attic, according to Holst.

“They were having electrical issues for a while in the building,” said Holst.

A female tenant in the second-story unit had gone to the attic to investigate when her power went out, Holst said, and she subsequently discovered the flames. All the tenants in the building managed to get out safely.

The Red Cross placed the displaced tenants in hotels for the night.

The building, which is owned by Edward Judrak, suffered smoke and water damage, Holst said, and it’s unclear at this point whether it can be salvaged. Holst said the building owner and the tenants do not have insurance.

The late-afternoon humidity forced crews to shift firefighters in and out of the building.

“We had to rotate crews around quite a bit,” said Holst. “We had a group of citizens that helped and assisted us with getting firefighters hydration with water and stuff.”

The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a cause, but Holst doesn’t believe it to be suspicious. Approximately 30 firefighters from Waterville and Winslow responded to the scene.

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