Three homeless men were identified as   those who died in a fire early Sunday morning on Union Street in Bangor.

Andrew Allen, 56; Dylan Smith, 31;  and Tim Tuttle, 28, died in the fire, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Smith grew up in Howland, and had been homeless since 2013, according to his aunt, Diane Gasch.

Dylan Smith in an undated photograph. He was one of three people who died in a house fire on Union Street in Bangor on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. Credit: Courtesy of Diane Gasch

Smith had previously worked in construction and at LaBree’s Bakery in Old Town, Gasch said. She had last seen him in May at his mother’s home in Howland, though he had most recently lived in Portland and Bangor.

The fire at 194 and 196 Union St. was reported shortly before 5 a.m. The condemned two-story duplex had sat vacant for the past year,  according to Shannon Moss, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The building, without heat or hot water, had been condemned by the city of Bangor since March 2017 but a neighbor said that he had seen eight people living in the house over the past week.

Two people escaped the fire, Moss said. An ambulance transported one to the hospital with minor injuries, while a passerby helped the other person.

The cause of the fire was unclear as of Sunday night but firefighters planned to return to the property on Monday to continue their investigation, Moss said.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will perform autopsies.

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Lia Russell

Lia Russell is a reporter on the city desk for the Bangor Daily News. Send tips to LRussell@bangordailynews.com.