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Portland fire
  • Published
    January 21, 2015

    Cause of Portland fire released

    State investigators said Jan. 21 that the Portland house fire that killed two young men from Rockland among others in November was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials, such as a cigarette butt, on the porch of the house. The cause of the fire has been deemed accidental, Portland Fire Chief Jerome Lamoria and State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas said in a press conference in Portland, but the case has been ...

  • Published
    November 20, 2014

    Memory of horrific fire haunts local friends, family

    Paul Garrido struggles with the silence and emptiness of his Cedar Street residence, which he recently shared with his roommate and best friend, Steven Summers, 29. Summers was one of six who died in a fast-moving fire Nov. 1 in a dilapidated duplex in Portland's University District. Garrido said he lives with the guilt of surviving the fire that killed his friend. He woke on a couch on the first floor of the ...

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