BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- All residents are safe after one of two buildings at the Deerfield apartment complex caught fire around 8 a.m. Monday.
The fire started on the third floor and quickly spread across the length of the building. The Bangor Fire Department sent two dozen firefighters.
"We were on scene within probably three minutes of getting the call, and that makes a huge difference," Assistant Fire Chief Tom Higgins said. "Fire can double in size every 30 seconds, so to be able to do this is a huge thing."
They put the fire out before it could reach the bottom two floors. All twelve units are displaced for now, forcing 24 people, including a 5-month-old infant, to find a new place to live.
"I was in the living room playing with my son, and I heard a lady yelling out in the driveway. I went out on my deck and noticed that my neighbor's porch, flames and smoke was flying out of it," Lindsay Albert, the child's mother, said. "So I ran outside and people were slowly starting to come out, and then by the time I got outside there was smoke coming out of my apartment."
The Red Cross is assisting the displaced people.