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4 early morning fires in Lewiston intentionally set

LEWISTON (WGME) -- Four fires occurred in less than four hours on Thursday and they were all within a few blocks of each other in Lewiston.

During a press conference, Lewiston fire investigators said they now believe all four fires were intentionally set. They also said a there was an attempted fifth fire.

The first was on Oxford Street, then Nichols Street, the third, and largest fire, was an apartment building on Howe Street, and the fourth further down on Howe Street.

The third and most destructive fire broke out at about 4 a.m. Thursday inside a Howe Street apartment building.

Officials say the flames jumped from one building to another, and now the 12 people living in the six units are homeless.

We spoke with a resident who described the chaos of what proved to be a terrifying morning.

Officials tell us all of the tenants made it out safely.

A half hour after this fire broke out, the fourth fire started just down the block at 48 Howe Street.

Officials think someone set fire to a trash can inside a hallway. It was put out quickly by a resident and there was minimal damage.

Flames ripped through the back side of the building on Nichols Street, an abandoned building, and destroyed a car parked in the driveway next door.

The very first fire broke out at 125 Oxford Street at about 1 a.m. The damage there though was not too extensive.

At this point officials do confirm two of these fires were intentionally set, but they're still looking for who is responsible.

They're asking anyone with information to come forward.

If you'd like to help the victims, you can donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Assistance program:

American Red Cross of Maine
1180 Lisbon Street
Lewiston, 04240
www.MaineRedCross.org

For a look back at our coverage of the 2013 Lewiston fires, CLICK HERE