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Fire in an Augusta apartment displaces people and shuts down roads

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of a fire on State Street, one of Augustas major roads.

This fire is caused some traffic problems earlier on Tuesday.

They expect the road to be back open any moment now.

The apartment building that caught fire was on 32 State Street.

Traffic on Bond Street had to be diverted as did the traffic on Bridge Street.

Augusta Fire Chief, Roger Audette, says on hot days they try to bring in as many backup crews as possible and that means sometimes taking up more space in the roadway.

The chief says the fire started on the second floor and they believe the cause is electrical.

There was some electrical work being done in the building and they think someone hit a wire.

No injuries but the fire and smoke did spread throughout the apartment building and the chief says at least four people are without a home.

Chief Audette says: Thats a hardship and they have to pack up and leave, really unannounced some of their stuff they can get, some not and we try to make that transition as easy as possible for these people.

The Red Cross is working with those people to get clothes and a place to sleep.

The road is expected to be back open anytime now.