Investigators: Heater caused fire that damaged Newport apartment building

Posted Dec. 23, 2013, at 12:08 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 23, 2013, at 6:09 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — Fire investigators have determined a faulty electric heater caused a fire that damaged a Newport apartment building over the weekend.

Sgt. Tim York of the state fire marshal’s office said Monday morning a heater that was too close to furniture was the culprit for the blaze at 99 Elm St.

The Saturday fire drew crews from three towns shortly before 7 a.m.

No injuries were reported in the blaze and the American Red Cross is aiding tenants who were affected.

No charges are expected to be filed.