Augusta apartment house damaged by fire

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 26, 2014, at 8:45 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A three-story, multi-family apartment house on State Street was heavily damaged by fire Monday morning, officials said.

The blaze sent firefighters from seven communities to 23 State Street at 10:45 a.m., according to Augusta Battalion Fire Chief Jason Farris.

The blaze started on the first floor, Farris said. Smoke and fire were coming out of first-floor windows while smoke was pouring out of the roof when crews arrived at the scene.

All of the building’s tenants got out safely, Farris said. He was not sure exactly how many people lived there, but all the tenants were displaced by the fire.

The fire caused State Street to be shut down between Bridge and Bond streets for about three hours. Firefighters from Augusta, Hallowell, Togus, Manchester, Chelsea, Gardiner and Vassalboro got the blaze under control in a couple of hours.

The Red Cross was called in to aid the displaced tenants. Farris said the State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a cause.