UPDATE: Two Dead & One Injured in Washington, Maine House Fire
The State Fire Marshal’s Office says one man is dead, a woman was injured and a body has been recovered in a fire this morning in the Knox County Town of Washington.
State Fire Marshals say a second body has been recovered from a house fire in the Town of Washington this morning. The second body was found in the rubble of the fire that had fallen into the basement. Investigators are now attempting to determine how the fire started.
Being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland for burns and smoke inhalation is 56-year-old Elizabeth Rhodes who lived at the home with her husband and their adult son. The two men are believed to be the fire victims. They are 53-year-old Steven Rhodes and 25-year-old Isaac Rhodes. The younger man was pulled from inside the home by firefighters and deputies, who attempted to resuscitate him. Both bodies will be examined by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.
The fire destroyed the one story house on Cattle Pound Road, off from Route 105. Neighbors discovered the fire about 5:45 am and there was heavy fire and smoke when firefighters arrived.
The dead man was pulled from the house by firefighters and deputies, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, said authorities. The body of the missing man is believed to be in the rubble of the house, most of which has fallen into the basement. The woman survivor is being treated at PenBay Medical Center for smoke inhalation and burns.
A team of Fire Marshal investigators are at the scene and will attempt to pinpoint the cause of the fire. They also will oversee the search of the rubble for the missing man.