ORLAND, Maine — Investigators say a Maine man died when he returned to a burning house to get his dog.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says the man who died when his house in Orland caught fire Monday is 40-year-old Sam Crawford.

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says Crawford escaped with the rest of his family before going back inside to look for his missing dog Monday evening in the town of Orland. Firefighters recovered his body from the basement hours later after the fire was extinguished.

Two other adults and two children escaped the fire uninjured.

Assistant Fire Chief Julia Gray says that the survivors told her everyone had escaped but that there were rabbits, cats and a dog inside. Later, she learned someone had gone back in. The dog’s body was not located.

Firefighters had to use tanker trucks to haul water to the rural site.


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