One resident was believed to be in the apartment at the time, but he was not injured, and no other injuries were reported. Three cats and a pet rat apparently died.
Smith said it was too early to speculate on the cause. Fire investigators were on their way to the three-story building at 218 Park Ave. late Monday night.
Landlord Jim Harmon, who has owned the building for 12 years, said he was relieved everyone got out safely. Several of his tenants, along with dozens of onlookers, lined Park Avenue and Weymouth Street, which were blocked off by police and fire trucks. The crowd watched as firefighters made sure the fire was out and checked the safety of other units.
"I could smell the smoke. I had no idea what was going on," said Stephanie Peltier, 19, who lives in the building. "I came out just as the trucks were arriving."
Written by Portland Press Herald
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