Seven injured after fire hits Augusta apartment building

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AUGUSTA (AP) — Seven people were taken to a hospital and nearly two dozen in all forced out of their homes after an overnight fire in Augusta.

The fire started at about 2 a.m. and Fire Chief Roger Audette says a portion of the four-story apartment building later collapsed.

Audette says four residents of the 18-unit building who were not immediately accounted after the fire were not believed to have been home at the time of the blaze.

He says seven people were taken to Maine General Hospital with what he describes as minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

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The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Audette says firefighters were still putting out hot spots several hours after the blaze started and the building is believed to be a total loss.

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