2016-08-09 / Front Page

Emergency crews investigating Biddeford apartment fire

Staff Writer

BIDDEFORD — Biddeford Fire Department is investigating an apartment fire that occurred at 3 Dupont Ave. in Biddeford just after 7 a.m. Tuesday. 

Emergency crews from Biddeford, Saco and Goodwins Mills responded to the multi-unit apartment building at approximately 7:14 a.m. for a reports of fire in Apartment 3. 

Pothier said first responders arrived to see smoke coming from the building and located the fire in the apartment's bathroom ceiling. Upon opening the ceiling, emergency personnel discovered the fire had spread between the first and second floors and called for backup.

In total, six engines – five from Biddeford and Saco and one from Goodwins Mills – responded to the address. Crews in Scarborough and Arundel also prepared their stations. 

Pothier said crews had to escort several tenants out of the apartment building, including those of the blazing unit. Pothier said their health status is not known at this time, but they had no apparent injuries. 

The apartment suffered moderate damage to the bathroom, kitchen and living room and will remain unoccupied. The American Red Cross out of Portland is assisting the families affected by the fire, the ARC said in a press release. 

The building’s other tenants were able to return to their homes, and there is no external damage to the building, Pothier said. 

Emergency units left the residence at 8:31 a.m. and investigation crews followed at 10:13 a.m. Pothier said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but he preliminarily believes it was accidental. 

Code Enforcement is currently assisting the apartment’s tenants with relocation. 

—Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or abennett@journaltribune.com

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