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24 families displaced by South Portland fire

The American Red Cross is helping the 24 families affected by the fire. (WGME)

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- Thick black smoke poured into the sky, as fire burned an apartment building in South Portland.

Twenty-four families are now displaced.

One resident says he heard a buzz and assumed it was FedEx until he heard someone yell, “Your building is on fire!” He managed to make it out safely with his baby, and we're told everyone else who was inside got out OK.

South Portland fire crews responded around 10:15 Wednesday morning at the Liberty Commons apartment complex off of Westbrook Street.

Some we spoke with say the smoke could be seen from a mile away.

Fire officials believe the fire started on a third floor porch on the back side of the building, but the fire is still under investigation.

The American Red Cross is helping the 24 families affected by the fire.

We're told fire fighters managed to save several pets as well.

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