- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The city of Portland has granted a permit to tear down an apartment building in which six people died in a fire in November - the state’s deadliest fire in 40 years.

The permit issued on Friday gives the owner 30 days to demolish the 95-year-old building.

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

Five people died from smoke inhalation and a sixth person who was severely burned and jumped out of window died four days later.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1HxIVpr ) that officials have said that the building had no working smoke alarms and a back exit was blocked by debris.


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

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