ORLAND- The state fire marshal identified the man who died in the house fire Monday night in Orland. Fire Officials identified the victim as 40-year-old Sam Crawford. The state fire marshal has identified the man who died in a house fire Monday night in Orland.
Crawford reportedly initially escaped the fire but he went back into the burning house to find his missing dog.
As soon as the flames went ablaze firefighters from the Orland fire department and even other fire departments such as Ellsworth fire department and even the Bucksport Fire Department sent firefighters over to put out that fire.
But by the time firefighters arrived, it might have been too late
“By the time we arrived the situation the situation of that structure is that there wouldn’t be any savable life within the structure and that’s a determination that we make when we arrive on a scene we get information from the occupants and then we can see it and look at the fire and look at the structure and determine whether there’s any chance that anybody in there can be saved,” Assistant Orland Fire Chief Julia Gray said.
Fire officials say that Crawford escaped the fire with four other people but went back into the house to search for his missing dog.
McCausland said Crawford’s body was discovered in the burned out basement around 11:30 p.m on Monday.
Fire officials said the other people who escaped the fire were 26-year-old Cassandra Morse, 19-year-old Alex Chaffee, and Crawford’s two daughters, 9-year-old Lillian and 5-year-old Ella.
Fire Officials urge those who are ever in a serious fire to not only get out the fire but to stay out to stay safe.
There is a GoFundMe fund-raiser to help out the family affected by the fire online.
For those who want to donate, you can go to https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-jerome-family