WATERVILLE (AP) – One man died and three others, including one from Buckfield, were treated for injuries Friday after a house fire on Western Avenue.

Spokesman Steve McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety said the fire broke out at about 5 a.m. Friday in a two-unit building on Western Avenue. Fire marshal investigators believe the fire started on a first floor porch.

Investigators said the man who died is believed to be 19-year-old Joshua Walker, who lived in the second-floor apartment. McCausland said the body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for positive identification.

Three other young men were injured in the fire. They were identified as 37-year-old Ronald Buck of Buckfield, Joseph Stasser and Scott Grandmaison, 29, both of Waterville.

Buck and Stasser were both visitors at the apartment and have been treated and released for burns at Waterville hospitals. Grandmaison, who also lived in the apartment, is being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland for smoke inhalation and burns.

McCausland said 19-year-old Joshua Marchetti, another resident of the apartment, escaped the fire uninjured, as did the two occupants of the first-floor apartment, John Allen and Laurie Cothran.

A team of investigators from the Fire Marshal’s Office, along with state and Waterville police continue to investigate the cause of the fire. Investigators are now concentrating on how the fire started by analyzing the fire rubble and interviewing the residents of the building, as well as neighbors.


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