Friday, 23 February 2018 18:55

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Five students homeless following house fire in Old Town

OLD TOWN - Five University of Maine students are shaken up after their house caught fire Friday afternoon in Old Town.

Around 1:30 p.m. Friday  firefighters responded to a building fire on Stillwater Avenue in Old Town. Upon arrival, firefighters noticed flames at the back of the building, coming out of the windows and progressing towards the attic. The building has multiple roofs, which caused difficulties for crews fighting the fire.


Nobody was inside at the time and no injuries have been reported.


Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. "We know it started in the rear near a dryer. We haven't narrowed down a cause yet, we just know that's the area of interest right now," said Old Town Fire Dept. Captain Mike Hildreth.


Firefighters knocked down the fire fairly quickly, but the building is badly damaged.


Multiple departments responded to the scene, including Old Town, Orono, Milford, Bradley, Bangor and Glenburn.


Stillwater Avenue was blocked off for some time as crews battled the blaze.


The Red Cross is helping four of the students to make sure they have food and a place to sleep.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!