- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

OXFORD, Maine (AP) - One woman was killed and another was in critical condition after a fire broke out early Saturday at a senior housing complex in Oxford, the Maine state fire marshal’s office said.

About a dozen residents also were treated for smoke inhalation from the fire at Oxford Meadows along Route 26, fire officials said. Authorities say the fire started in a common area and destroyed that room, sending thick smoke through the building.

The Sun Journal reported the building’s residents were taken to a nearby high school. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were in the building when the fire started.

Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland identified the deceased as 85-year-old Theresa Heino. He said 65-year-old Virginia Brown remained in critical condition.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze. McCausland said an electrical inspector will be called in Monday. He said the smoke detectors were working but, because of its age, the building doesn’t have fire sprinklers.

The newspaper said the subsidized apartment complex is owned by Speedway Inc., and houses people, ages 62 or older, some with disabilities.

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