The state fire marshals office says a 19-year-old Greenville man died early Saturday morning when fire swept an apartment house in the downtown area.

Maine Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the body of Stephen Richards was recovered in the rubble of the house early in the afternoon.

The fire broke out about 4 am. The three occupants of the second apartment in the building at 56 Washington St escaped without injury.

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Five fire marshal investigators were on scene today. McCausland says the cause of the blaze will be difficult to pinpoint because of the extensive damage.

Excavators were brought in Saturday to help find the body and were then used to flatten the building.

The fire is not considered suspicious.

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