A two-alarm fire early Wednesday morning caused significant damage to a 4-unit apartment in Auburn.

Firefighters responded to the fire on Hazel Street just before 5:00 a.m.

WMTW reports a neighbor ran to the building with a ladder to help people on the top floors escape through windows as flames shot from the building. Heavy smoke was visible from across the river in Lewiston.

There were about a dozen people living in building, including several children. Everyone escaped the blaze, although four were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and one for minor burns.

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Officials said the building is likely a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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