September 21, 2019
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Portland firefighters occupied by pair of ‘stubborn’ fires Thursday morning

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland firefighters were kept busy Thursday morning by a pair of in-home flare-ups, one in a Whitney Avenue chimney and another in a garage on Joseph Street, Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria said.

“We had a fire in the chimney flue,” LaMoria said of the blaze at 96 Whitney Ave. “It was a rather stubborn fire in a three-story apartment building, which added to the difficulty. But we were able to contain it to the chimney itself.”

The chief said nobody was injured in either blaze, and that damage estimates have not yet been tabulated. The cause of the Whitney Avenue fire was determined to be a furnace malfunction.

According to a fire department announcement issued late Thursday morning, the report of the Whitney Avenue fire came at 7:22 a.m., while crews were still on the scene of a blaze at 12 Joseph St. which had been called in exactly an hour earlier.

“First arriving companies reported heavy, black smoke showing from the garage attached to the home,” the department announcement stated of the Joseph Street blaze. “The fire was quickly contained with damage limited to the garage with some extension into the attic.”

The cause of the first fire on Joseph Street remains under investigation, according to the department release.

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