Cause of North Street fire under investigation


WESTBROOK — Local and state fire officials are still investigating a fire last week that destroyed a three-unit apartment building at 9 North St., a short road in the Frenchtown section of the city between Bridge Street and the Presumpscot River.

The cause and origin of the fire have not been made public.

“The fire is still being investigated at this time,” Westbrook Fire Chief Andrew Turcotte said Monday morning. “The Fire Marshal’s office is assisting us. Once we determine the origin and cause, we will release that information.”

In an email to the American Journal, Westbrook Police Capt. Stephen Goldberg said police will “assist the Fire Marshal’s Office in any way they request with this investigation, but right now we don’t have any information to pass along.”

Turcotte said calls about the fire from passersby and neighbors came in around 8 p.m. June 8 and was well underway by the time first responders arrived.

“The Police Department were on scene and they reported heavy fire coming from the first floor. When our first responding unit arrived, they reported heavy fire from the first and second floors with fire blowing out of all the first floor windows,” Turcotte said.

Shortly after arriving on the scene, the Westbrook Fire Department called for backup due to the proximity of other nearby buildings, prompting fire officials from Portland, Falmouth, Windham, Gorham, South Portland and Scarborough to also respond.

“There were two buildings yards from the structure. We went to a second alarm, which gave us additional engines and ladder trucks from our neighboring communities,” he said.

Turcotte said three of the building’s four tenants were in the building at the time, but were able to make it out without injury thanks to working smoke alarms.

Michael Kelley can be reached at 781-3661 x 125 or or on Twitter @mkelleynews

The fire in a three-unit apartment building on North Street is still being investigated. (Courtesy photo)