Five people died and one man was critically injured in a house fire in Portland, Maine on Saturday.
Firefighters were called to a two-family home on Noyes Street at 7:17 a.m. They responded quickly and arrived to find an advanced fire, city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin told Boston.com.
According Grondin, seven people safely escaped the apartment. Two additional people were transported to Maine Medical Center, one of whom was later transferred to a Boston hospital burn unit in critical condition.
Reports initially indicated four deaths, though officials increased the count to five in an afternoon press conference. Though many University of Southern Maine students live in housing throughout the neighborhood, none of the victims are believed to be USM students. No names have been released.
The apartment building was described by the Portland Press Herald as “a two-story, two-family structure with a finished attic.’’ Built in 1920, neighbors reportedly complained that the property was poorly maintained.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.