SKOWHEGAN – A community is in distress after two fires rip through mobile homes in Skowhegan this weekend.
“I sat there and I said, ‘I’m really sorry, I could have died,'” says Officer Timothy Williams of the Skowhegan Police Department, recalling a conversation he had with his wife. “I asked her if she’d forgive me and she said yeah.”
Williams was one of the first to respond to a fire on North Avenue Friday.
He pulled 24-year-old Andrea Curtis and her 4-year-old son from the burning building.
“I was, oh my God, someone is laying here, and it’s a body,” he says. “I just got to get them out.”
Willams found their motionless bodies in the home before pulling them out.
“He wasn’t breathing,” says Jessica Hutchins, Curtis’ next door neighbor.”He wasn’t blinking it was just scary.”
She helped bring him back to consciousness.
“When I went to give him CPR his skin, you know, melted right into my hand,” says Hutchins.
The two were sent to the hospital.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.
“We know the area of origin,” says Chief Shawn Howard of the Skowhegan Fire Department. “But we do not know the ignition source.”
The second fire happened on Hilltop Drive on Sunday.
Authorities say 53-year-old Michelle Sweet was smoking while on oxygen.
“Burned, significantly,” says Howard. “She had a lot of smoke inhalation, some internal injuries.”
Now the community is recovering in the wake of these damaging fires.
“I haven’t slept all weekend, I can’t get it out of my mind,” says Hutchins. “That’s all I could think of was my kids, like oh my God.”
Sweet’s injuries are listed as serious.
Curtis is in critical condition.
Her son is expected to recover.