OLD TOWN – Jeremy Doe’s life will never be the same.
A late-night fire, November 7th, killed his common-law wife, 34-year-old Mayisha Somers-Jones, their children, 10-year-old Isis and 8-year-old Zebulon.
Doe said that night he tucked the children into bed, went for a walk, then spotted fire trucks and ran to the house.
“So hot. So black. I couldn’t see anything. they were already outside in their gear. I just ran to the bedrooms. Isis. Zeb. My two dogs, but I was just worried about Isis and Zeb. That was my concern. And then I lost my mind,” Doe said during a Tuesday morning interview.
The night of the fire, Doe was taken to Bangor’s Acadia Hospital. He was a patient there for a week.
He says he’s cooperated with police and fire investigators, but there’s been some miscommunication.
“They even asked me to take a polygraph. So I went to take a polygraph on (a) Tuesday morning, but they never showed up. Anyway, I’ll go do it. It’s just I was bawling my eyes out that day. And I just wanted to see if there was anything left from the fire,” said Doe.
Doe said he was always the kind of man who never cried.
“I’ll love her until the day I die. She’s the only one I’ve ever loved. And, then my two kids, she gave me the most perfect children ever,” said Doe.
Doe also questions what would have happened if he had decided against going for a walk that night.
“Another few minutes. Maybe if I’d smelled it sooner. I don’t know. There’s so many what ifs I’m just filled with. But I wasn’t that far away,” he said.
Still, there’s no indication when the investigation will end.
“Fire marshals have worked extensively at the home. And we continue to work on that as we speak,” said Steve McCausland, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
People have left flowers and stuffed animals around a tree in front of the charred home at 15 Bradbury St.
Doe said, “They were the brightest and the best kids, you know. they shined wherever they were. You know, well behave, mannered, intelligent, caring I mean you just don’t get better kids than that. You just don’t.”