It’s being called the worst fire in Maine in 30 years. Five young adults are dead and one person suffered serious burn injuries following a fire at an apartment building near the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The fire was reported early Saturday morning in the two-family apartment house, according to a report in the Press Herald.
State police tell WMTW-TV that none of the victims were students from the University of Southern Maine, although the school confirms that some students did live in the two-unit building.
NFPA offers a free fire safety checklist for students who live in off-campus housing. The checklist includes tips on the installation of smoke alarms, escape planning, as well as cooking and and candle safety.