Lewiston Fire Department’s ‘Save The Basement’ Strategy Works Like A Charm
LEWISTON — Firefighters worked for hours Tuesday to put out a fire that involved three buildings in the area of the city known as Little Canada. The fire involved a 12-unit, four-story apartment building at 32-34 River St., a 1½-story, single-family structure next door at 46 River St. and a third building that also appeared to house apartments. Police said no injuries were reported. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and released. By late Tuesday, no cause had been determined, Fire Investigator Paul Ouellette said. He said he did not know how many people had been displaced. The fire broke out shortly before 11 a.m. By 2 p.m., firefighters were focused on the four-story building whose roof had collapsed. Flames continued to appear at the roofline and hidden hot spots under the debris continued to smoulder. Fire Chief Paul LeClair said at 2 p.m. that fire investigators from his department and six investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office were on scene and planned to complete investigations into the cause and area of origin of the fire once the buildings were safe. At that time, officials would determine whether any of the buildings would have to be demolished. The four-story building was heavily damaged, he said.
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