Three people have died and two are in the hospital after a fire broke out at a condemned home on Union Street in Bangor Sunday morning. 

The fire started shortly before 5 a.m. at a two-story, residential-style home, according to Lt. Brent Beaulieu of the Bangor Police Department.

Windows and doors on the house at 194 Union St. were boarded, Beaulieu said. It’s not known how many people were inside during the fire. 

The property is located between Third and Sanford streets, close to downtown Bangor and about a block from the Bangor Region YMCA. 

The property at 194 Union St. and the adjacent house at 190 Union are both roped off. 

It has been on Bangor’s list of condemned properties — those deemed unsafe or unfit for habitation — since March 2017, according to Jeff Wallace, the city’s code enforcement director. The code enforcement office listed the property as having no heat or hot water.

A neighbor, who declined to be named, said he had seen seven or eight people living in the property over the past week.

The Bangor Fire Department was still on site at around 9 a.m. Sunday assisting with cleanup. Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Emery said it took a little more than an hour to get the fire under control, and that their primary mission was search and rescue. 

The property’s owner is listed as a Texas mortgage company, Nationstar Mortgage LLC, and its most recent assessed value was $147,800. The company has been the property’s owner since October 2017, according to city assessment records.

A house fire on Dec. 5 at 196 Union St. resulted in the deaths of three people. Credit: Emily Burnham / BDN

Emery said fire departments from Brewer, Holden, Orono and Glenburn also responded to the fire, as did an engine from the Air National Guard, as well as other departments from the area. 

The State Fire Marshal, Bangor Police Department investigators and crime scene technicians are on site. 

Emery said that the Bangor Police Department and the State Fire Marshal office will release more information about the identity of the victims on Sunday afternoon.

BDN writer Lia Russell contributed to this report.

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