SABATTUS – A fire destroyed a home in Sabattus and left a war veteran and family of seven homeless.
Crews responded to the scene on Rabbit Road this weekend.
Firefighters said the homeowner is a decorated veteran. His wife and five children were inside at the time.
Firefighters said the smoke detectors woke them up and they made it out safely.
The husband and father was out of state at the time participating in a disabled military hockey national event.
Neighbor Paul Curran said, “He took it hard when he got the news. Obviously he did his best to get here as soon as possible and being a wounded warrior, they stepped in and they got him a flight ASAP and he arrived in Portland at 10:30 and was here just before noon.”
The fire chief said a family dog died in the fire and that firefighters did their best to try and save it.
“We did try to send crews in to try to save the dog that was in there unfortunately we had to pull them out and then within minutes of pulling them out, the roof did cave in so we were fortunate to be able to see that and recognize that for the safety of our members.” stated Marc Veilleux, Sabattus Fire Chief.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and the Red Cross is helping the family.