High court rejects code violation appeal of Portland landlord after fatal fire

PORTLAND, Maine (WABI) - Maine's highest court has rejected the appeal of a Portland landlord convicted of code violations in a fire that killed six people.

Gregory Nisbet was acquitted of six counts of manslaughter at trial.

But he was found guilty of code violations related to the safety of the apartment building where the 2014 fire broke out.

Officials said the third floor windows were too small for a possible escape.

Nisbet's lawyer, though, argued the Maine fire code is unconstitutionally vague and there was not enough evidence to convict him.

The Maine Supreme Court disagreed in a ruling Thursday.

Nisbet paid a settlement in February to each victim's family and a survivor.