Residents return to building after Portland Street fire – Eagle

HAVERHILL — All but one of the residents who were displaced after a fire broke out in a 17-unit apartment building at 25 Portland St. early Tuesday evening have returned to their homes.

Building manager James Goudreault said that at around noon Wednesday, city inspectors told him he could begin moving residents back into the building. The exception was a man who lives in the third-floor rear apartment, where an apparent kitchen fire broke out, forcing evacuation of the entire building.

“He’s an older man, a veteran, and I’m hoping he’ll be getting help in finding another apartment,” Goudreault said. “It will probably be a few months before he can move back in.”

The building was the scene of the deadly shooting of Joseph Smith, 33, on Feb. 9. The suspected shooter, Sean LaRose, 34, of Haverhill, was arrested and later indicted on murder and other charges. He is scheduled for a status hearing Aug. 23 in

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