- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The owner of a Portland, Maine, apartment building where six people died in the worst fire in the state in 40 years is tearing the house down.

City officials say Gary Nisbet applied for a permit to demolish the Noyes Street home and a contractor was doing the work on Friday. A letter sent to neighbors says the demolition will be finished in two to four days.

The Nov. 1 fire was ruled an accident caused by improper disposal of smoking materials.

The fire killed residents Nicole Finlay, David Bragdon Jr., Ashley Thomas and Christopher Conlee; Topsham resident Maelisha Jackson; and Rockland resident Steven Summers. Several others escaped.

The city is also taking Nisbet to court to try to enforce code violations at another house he owns in the neighborhood.

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