WASHINGTON (WGME) – A devastating fire in Washington, Maine takes the lives of a father and son. The cause of that fire remains under investigation.
Investigators were here there hours sorting through the rubble, after the house caved in on the basement. They said that’s where the fire started, but determining how will be much more difficult.
Lincoln Rhodes watched in disbelief just hours after a fire claimed the lives of his son and grandson. He lives right next door, and said it was 6 a.m. when he was alerted by his daughter in law.
Rhodes said “While I was downstairs checking the stove, Liz called over and said the house is on fire. Well golly I looked over here just a little smoke then. But it wasn’t no time before it was all flames ya know.”
Investigators say Liz Rhodes escaped from the one story home she shared with her husband, Steve, and their son, Isaac. She was taken to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation.
Isaac, 25, was pulled out by firefighters, but couldn’t be resuscitated. Hours later, Steve’s body was found in the basement beneath the debris.
“He was a great dad, a great husband.” Rebekah Lord, said her dad was a strong man who put family first. Her brother Isaac had down syndrome and always wore a smile. She added “He was always happy, always laughing, always singing.”
As they grieve the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office is trying to figure out what started the fire.
Rhodes believes it had something to do with the wood stove in their basement.
Investigators said both bodies were taken to the medical examiner’s office. Given the extent of the damage, we may never know what caused this fire.