Tuesday, December 10, 2013
By Eric Russell firstname.lastname@example.org
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Firefighters work to put out a fire in the 400 block of Fore Street in Portland.
Portland Press Herald photo by Leslie Bridgers
Some businesses at 424 Fore St., including CS Boutique, East End Cupcakes, Old Port Candy and Street and Co., a well-known seafood restaurant, were forced to close Thursday. Andrew Robertson, of East Brown Cow, which manages that building, said most of the damage to his tenants was smoke-related, but he thought Street and Co. would be affected the most. Owner Dana Street did not respond to an email seeking comment.
The Maine Department of Labor's Rapid Response team contacted affected businesses Thursday to coach them about unemployment benefits for employees and other services. An informational meeting will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the Portland Career Center on Lancaster Street.
According to Portland's assessing department, the fire-damaged building was built in 1900 and has a taxable value of $835,800. It was not clear how long Soley has owned that property. He recently sold a number of properties on Fore Street that are scheduled to go up for auction next week. The building where the fire started was not among those properties.
Fires in the city's Old Port section have long been a source of concern. The Old Port was ravaged by a Great Fire in 1866 that claimed more than 1,800 buildings and left several thousand residents homeless. Most of those buildings were built of wood, which burned quickly. The buildings that replaced them were made of brick, and most are still standing.