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Responding Companies Engine 7,4,5,3 Ladder 1 and 415
Updated On: May 12, 2013

Fire hits Horton Street apartment house

LEWISTON — Fire gutted an apartment house on Horton Street Tuesday afternoon and investigators say a candle caused the blaze. Several people called 911 at about 4 p.m. to report flames shooting from the building at 118-120 Horton St. Lewiston fire investigator Paul Ouellette was one of the first on the scene. He said the building was fully involved when he arrived. "Fire was blowing right out the windows and doors," he said. "It was going good." The fire started in a first-floor living room, fire officials said. A first-floor tenant, who left a candle burning in the living room, was in the shower when the fire caught, Ouellette said. He got out safely. A family of four on third floor also got out safely. Ouellette estimated there was $100,000 damage. Tenants are staying at a local hotel, thanks to the Red Cross. One teenager said he was walking by on his way to basketball practice when he spotted the orange glow of fire from across the street. Soon after, he said, the windows shattered and dark smoke poured out. Fire crews knocked down the flames within minutes of arriving, saving apartment houses on either side of the burned tenement. According to city assessing records, the building is owned by Lewiston-based Blue Star MultiFamily LCC and is valued at $73,780

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Local #785 in Memory of:
Captain Phillip Basinet
1867 - 1909
Private Thomas King
1881 - 1909
 Private John B Byrnes
1872 - 1910
Captain Russell Tarr
1901 - 1949
Private Marcien Vallee
1922- 1949
Captain Willie Mailhot
1904 - 1965
Private Paul Nadeau
1913 - 1966
Lieutenant Emilien Couture
1926 - 1967
Private Gerard  R. Desjardins
1947 - 1982
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