Friday, November 14, 2014
A fire in an off-campus house where 11 students from nearby Stonehill College were living was a close-call for them. One evening, a student turned on the stove to pre-heat it, not realizing that there was a plastic dish strainer mat inside of it. He went upstairs to take a shower and the mat melted, smoking up the kitchen. One of the other occupants saw the smoke, alerted everyone, and they all got out. Close call indeed, but there is more to this story, as told by Fire Chief Kevin Partridge, about overcrowding, blocked exits, smoke alarms and bedrooms locked with hasps and padlocks. Listen to his account in the video below.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Steven Summers, the sixth victim from the Noyes Street fire died from his injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital. Also killed in the fire were David Bragdon Jr., Ashley Thomas, and Christopher Conlee, and Maelisha Jackson.
There were two students from the University of Maine living in the building, but I'm not sure if they were on the fire side or the other side of the duplex. The building has a history of code complaints, including the possibility of an illegal third-story apartment.
Monday, November 3, 2014
I went to Portland on Sunday to see the fire scene where five people were killed in a fire on Saturday, and this is what I have learned, some from unofficial sources, some official.
Right now, it would appear that all five of the victims that were killed were not students, but this has not been officially confirmed, and the one person that was critically injured and is at Massachusetts General Hospital is also not a student. According to the University of Southern Maine's website, there were two students living in the building but they were not injured in the fire.
|20/24 Noyes Street, Portland, ME. Photo by Campus Firewatch|
Saturday, November 1, 2014
A fire broke out at about 7:00 this morning in an large house near the University of Southern Maine in Portland. As of 7:30 p.m., five people have been reported killed and one critically injured with several still unaccounted for.
Photo from the Portland Press Herald
It is unclear if the victims were students, but one of the people who escaped was a student, according to published reports quoting University President David Flanagan and according to a statement on the University's web site homepage there were "USM students residing in the building."
The building is a large three-story building that contained two apartments.
Photo from Portland Press Herald
I'll be posting more information on this as it becomes available.