MACHIAS – Two people are dead after a fire broke out in a mobile home in a trailer park on Armstrong Lane in Machias early Monday morning.
“We came running out and the shed was all blazed by the time I came out,” said Eric Kidder, neighbor of the victims.
Flames engulfed a mobile home and left two people in their thirties dead.
An official said the fire was quickly extinguished, but still had time to cause extensive damage.
Investigators are trying to figure out what caused “a fatal fire that occurred sometime early this morning,” said Sergeant Mary MacMaster, an investigator with the state fire marshal’s office.
Kidder was awakened by the barks of his dog, which first noticed the flames, and immediately ran outside to see who needed help.
Kidder and an R.H. Foster employee were able to help three people survive the fire.
“The dog was barking and I looked out, and my cameras were real light. It didn’t make any sense. I came and looked, and the whole trailer was blazed next door. And I went out and the complete shed was on fire,” said Kidder.
Firefighters from Machias, East Machias, Machiasport and Jonesport responded to the call just after 2:45 a.m.
According to Kidder, the victims were the best neighbors he could have.
“Never in three years did we have a problem. Couple of times we had a good night, drinking and other than that we never heard them, never made loud noise or anything,” said Kidder.
The names of the victims were not immediately released.
This is an ongoing investigation.