Three-alarm blaze draws nearly 50 firefighters to Portland home

A Portland firefighter leaves a Cumberland Road residence damaged by fire Monday morning. Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria said at the scene investigators were still determining a cause and damage estimate for the blaze.
A Portland firefighter leaves a Cumberland Road residence damaged by fire Monday morning. Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria said at the scene investigators were still determining a cause and damage estimate for the blaze.
Posted March 24, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
Portland firefighters keep watch from the outside of 38 Columbia Road Monday while others work through the structure to ensure a morning blaze has been extinguished. The building had two residents, one of which was not home and the other of which escaped safely, Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria said.
Portland firefighters keep watch from the outside of 38 Columbia Road Monday while others work through the structure to ensure a morning blaze has been extinguished. The building had two residents, one of which was not home and the other of which escaped safely, Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria said.
Portland firefighters keep watch from the outside of 38 Columbia Road Monday while others work through the structure to ensure a morning blaze has been extinguished. The building had two residents, one of which was not home and the other of which escaped safely, Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria said.
Portland firefighters keep watch from the outside of 38 Columbia Road Monday while others work through the structure to ensure a morning blaze has been extinguished. The building had two residents, one of which was not home and the other of which escaped safely, Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria said.

PORTLAND, Maine — A single family home in Portland sustained heavy damage Monday morning from a three-alarm fire that attracted nearly 50 firefighters.

Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria told reporters at the scene of the 38 Columbia Road blaze that neither of the home’s two residents were injured in the incident — one was not home at the time of the fire, and the other escaped safely.

LaMoria said neighbors called to report the fire at approximately 9 a.m., and crews had the blaze under control within an hour. He said investigators were still working to determine a cause and damage estimate for the fire, which he said seemed to originate on the first floor, but damaged every floor of the 2.5-story structure.

The chief said 48 firefighters were called to the “all-hands” incident.

According to the city assessor’s office, the 1,792-square-foot building was constructed in 1902 and is owned by John McVeigh. The land and structure have been assessed at a taxable value of $211,000.

 

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