Fire in Portland, Maine at site of Halloween party kills four: officials

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 01, 2014 4:13 PM

(Reuters) - Four people were killed, one was critically burned and several people remained unaccounted for on Saturday after an early morning fire at a residence in Portland, Maine, that had been the scene of a Halloween party the night before, authorities said.

The fire was already in an advanced stage when Portland firefighters arrived after getting calls beginning at 7:17 a.m., according to a spokeswoman for the Portland City Manager.

There was a party at the two-story residence that started on Friday, Halloween, according to Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Safety.

Four people were confirmed dead, and the critically burned victim was taken to a burn unit in Boston, about 100 miles south, McCausland said, and several people who had been in the house the night before remained unaccounted for.

The injured victim escaped by jumping out a second-floor window, according to the Portland Press Herald.

(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Bernard Orr)