STOCKTON SPRINGS — A fire, apparently electrical in origin, heavily damaged the two upper-floor apartments in the old town office building at 181 Main St. early this morning, with “extreme smoke and water damage” to the apartment on the first floor.

Stockton Springs Fire Chief Vern Thompson said a neighbor saw smoke coming from the brick building and called 911, which summoned his department at 5:58 a.m. Firefighters had the fire under control by 8 a.m., he said.

Occupants of the second-floor apartment got out safely and there were no injuries, Thompson said. “The people lost everything they had, but I’m not sure how many were in that apartment,” he said.

The chief believes the first-floor apartment was rented, but no one was at home in that apartment, he said. The unoccupied third-floor apartment was undergoing renovations. He said the two upper floors are “still intact, but unlivable.”

Thompson called in the state Fire Marshal’s Office, and said the investigator and he agreed that the cause appeared to be electrical and the fire apparently started in a second-floor wall of the brick building.

Thompson called the Red Cross, which is working with the displaced family. A Stockton Springs resident said people in town are collecting clothing for family members.

Firefighters from the Stockton Springs Volunteer Fire Department, which is situated just around the corner from the old town office building, used their pumper tankers to fight the blaze.

Assisting were firefighters and a tanker from Prospect, a tanker from Searsport, firefighters from West Frankfort, and an aerial truck from Belfast, the chief said. Stockton Springs Ambulance and crew stood by.

According to town records, the building is owned by Christopher Noyes, whose address is a post office box in Stockton Springs. The building was erected in 1871.