LEWISTON (WGME) — There are new details on a Lewiston apartment building fire Saturday afternoon that killed one person and displaced dozens more.
Police now say the person who died jumped from the burning building.
WGME learned more about what’s being done for the families.
Lewiston High School became a temporary shelter over the weekend for dozens of people displaced by the fire. Those with the Red Cross said it was a devastating situation and they’re doing everything they can to help these families who lost everything.
Tiffany Sessums, who lives nearby, watched as someone jumped from the burning building.
“It, like, tears me apart, ” she said. “It was crazy. You could hardly see the building. There was just so much black smoke.”
Broken glass and debris now cover the sidewalks around 226 Blake Street. Investigators examined the scene searching for a cause.
“I heard the fire department go past my house and I looked out my window and I just saw smoke, a big huge pile of smoke,” Sessums said.
“I heard the guy crying and asking for help. He was leaning out the window and then we just saw him jump. He just leaped,” Sessums said, saying it was an imag4e that will stay with her forever.
“After seeing the guy jump for his life, I just cried like I had flashes in my head all night of just hearing him cry for help,” Sessums said. She said she knew people who lived in the building — including a woman who just moved in with her two sons.
Nicole Evans of the Red Cross was among those helping the fire victims.
“This is devastating to individuals and families who have lost everything,” she said.
Twenty-six people spent Saturday night at the Red Cross shelter at the high school and about eight more people showed up Sunday morning.