Officials: No cause in Portland fire that gutted historic building

Posted Jan. 23, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Investigators are still working to determine what caused a fire that gutted an Irving Street building on Sunday.

Fire investigators concluded that the blaze started on the first floor of the building, according to Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria, but a cause has not been determined.

The fire was reported shortly after 9:30 a.m. Sunday, and investigators are gathering and evaluating evidence and witness accounts.

No injuries were reported in the blaze and seven people managed to escape the building thanks to working smoke detectors.

The historic building, built in 1884, is valued by the city at $241,800.