Portland apartment building fire leaves 41 homeless

Posted Aug. 15, 2013, at 4:52 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — As many as 23 families, totaling 41 people, were displaced by a fire at a Grant Street apartment building in Portland, according to a Thursday afternoon city announcement.

The Portland Fire Department arrived to the 129 Grant St. blaze at approximately 3:14 p.m. Wednesday, according to the announcement.

“The magnitude of the fire resulted in a second alarm with multiple apparatus and firefighters needed to control and extinguish the fire located on the top floor and exiting through the roof,” the city announcement stated. “The fire and smoke caused significant damage, estimated at $225,000, and as a result, the building is unsafe for occupancy.”

According to the city, the American Red Cross is working to provide emergency housing to the 41 people left homeless by the incident, which has been determined to be accidental. No injuries were reported from the fire, which investigators believe started in an appliance.