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Fire in Orono 

An apartment fire in Orono on Bennoch road shut down the downtown area for several hours this evening. The historic brick building that went up in flames is on the Corner of Bennoch Road and Main Street.The call came in around 4:45 this afternoon. Crews from Orono, Bangor, Old Town, and Veazie responded to the blaze.Smoke could be seen from miles away and flames were shooting through the roof of the building for hours.Initial reports from officials say the fire may have started on the bottom floor of the structure and spread throughout the building.Hundreds of folks gathered to watch as fire fighters worked for more than three hours to put out the flames.Officials say there are 18 units in the apartment building, and most of the tenants were college students. During the school year there were just under 30 people living in the building. Because school is not currently in session official say only 19 people were living there. Everyone has been accounted for. Officials say no one was injured in the fire. Crews rescued three cats and one dog from the building. The cause of the fire is not known at this time. The Fire Marshal is on scene investigating the blaze. TV5 will continue to update this story as information becomes available.