PHOTOS: The Portland Fire Department and several other mainland crews responded to a fire inside the Peak's Island Post Office just before 2 p.m. Monday.
According to Portland Fire Chief Keith Gautreau, someone in the area of Hannigan's Market called to report a mulch fire behind the Post Office on Island Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire coming from the deck attached to the rear residential unit. The residents of that unit and everyone in the building got out safely.
The post office occupies the front of a building that also includes a residential unit in the rear.
The fire department sent five companies with the marine division. In the time it took them to get there, several locals including public works employees, off duty firefighters, and others with past firefighting experience worked to contain the fire.