Old Orchard Beach apartment fire blamed on sparklers

Posted July 21, 2012, at 4:48 p.m.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — Fire officials are blaming careless use of sparklers for an early morning fire in Old Orchard Beach.

Authorities say crews responded to a fire at an apartment house shortly before 5:30 a.m. Saturday and found smoke and fire coming from the roof.

The fire was quickly put out, but a third-floor apartment suffered damage.

Fire department Capt. Brett Jones told WCSH-TV that no one was at home at the time, but people were using sparklers on the roof deck earlier in the night.