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7 Injured, Dozens Displaced in Fire, Building Collapse

Seven people were taken to a hospital and 27 in all were forced out of their homes after an overnight fire in Augusta, Maine.

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    (Published Friday, Dec. 5, 2014)

    Twenty-seven people were left homeless when an apartment building in Augusta, Maine, went up in flames Friday.

    The call came in at 2 a.m. When crews arrived, the building was fully engulfed and residents were trying to escape.

    The 23 people who were home at the time made it out safely, but several suffered smoke inhalation and burns.

    Debbie Boothby and her 15-year-old son, Nate, both got burned on their faces trying to leave the building.

    "We've lost everything," she said. "Our vehicle, all of our things that mean something to us - gone."

    Boothby said she's just grateful they survived.

    Fire investigators say the building did have working smoke detectors and that helped save lives. They are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

    The American Red Cross is helping fire victims with temporary shelter at a local hotel and by providing food and clothing.

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