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PORTLAND (WGME) -- A Portland building destroyed by a three alarm fire Tuesday will soon be torn down, the city claiming it's too dangerous to leave standing. The two story home at 40 Deering Avenue is on a busy street and nearby King Middle School.
"It's been in the family since 1942," said homeowner Frank Teras. "We just lived here all our lives."
Teras says he rushed his wife, daughter and mother-in-law out of the house when we heard a fire alarm going off around four o'clock Tuesday morning.
"The minute I looked out the window the whole yard you could see nothing but orange," said Teras. "So I got everyone out of the house, out of the front door had my daughter move my truck out and I grabbed my wife's keys,boy it was really close."
It took firefighters over an hour and a half to get the flames under control. As of Wednesday the cause of the fire was still unknown, however investigators were focusing on the back of the building.
"Kind of hard to watch it burn though," said Teras. "A lot of memories, still lot of things in the house."
Teras said they did loose one cat in the fire, however their other cat survived.
The famiy's insurance and the Red Cross are assisting the family.
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