Portland fire leaves two families homeless

8:27 PM, Mar 9, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Investigators are looking into what caused a fire to break out above Colucci's Hilltop Superette in Portland early Saturday morning.

According to State Rep. Diane Russell, who is a part-time employee at the store, the fire was intentionally set and the suspect has been caught.

"Someone snuck into the apartment building above Colucci's and set the building on fire," Russell said in an online card she set up for the Colucci family.  

Multiple calls put in to the Portland Police Department Saturday afternoon seeking more information about the fire and the person arrested have not been returned.

The Portland Fire Department responded just before 4 a.m. to the building on 135 Congress St. for the report of a fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they discovered the flames on the second floor of the three-story building.

Significant damage was reported on the second and third floor of the building.

Colucci's is located on the first floor.  Rep. Russell said the market sustained serious water damage and it will be closed for the foreseeable future.

Portland city officials said the blaze left a total of nine people homeless, and representatives from the American Red Cross are assisting them in finding shelter.

Rep. Russell said there were no injuries, but a dog perished in the fire.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.


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