- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - The medical examiner says the victim of a fire at a Biddeford apartment that was deliberately set died of smoke inhalation.

Michael Moore, and his roommate, James Ford, were removed unconscious from their Main Street apartment early last Thursday.

The 23-year-old Moore died at a hospital the next day.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1umejzX ) reports that an autopsy on Moore’s body determined he died of “inhalation of products of combustion,” including particulates and superheated gases.

The 21-year-old Ford remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Law enforcement officials say they consider the death a homicide. There have been no arrests.

All the other residents of the 14-unit building made it out safely. The attic apartment in which Moore and Ford lived had no working smoke detectors and no fire escape.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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