According to the KJ, an early Saturday morning fire at 37 Chapel Street in Augusta displaced six people.

The call came in at about 6:15 Saturday morning.  Firefighters, and other first responders, were quickly dispatched to the house, which contained several apartments.

According to Augusta's new fire chief, David Groder, upon arrival, firefighters could see smoke coming from the third floor.  Augusta firefighters were able to alert people in the first and second floor apartments, allowing them to escape without injury.

It is believed that the fire originated on the third floor apartment, which was unoccupied at the time.  Of concern, was the fact that the third floor apartment had no working smoke detectors.

The fire was under control by just after 1 PM.  The building had been heavily damaged, but Groder believed it could be salvaged.  The fire remains under investigation.

Fortunately, there were no injuries, but the fire did displace seven people.


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