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He Told Family He Was Going Back in for Dog, Ended Up Dead

Maine man went back into burning house
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 5, 2019 6:00 PM CST
The scene surrounding a house fire is cordoned off with police tape Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Orland, Maine. Investigators say a man died when he returned to the burning house to get his dog.   (Bill Trotter/The Bangor Daily News via AP)
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(Newser) – Investigators say a Maine man died when he returned to a burning house to get his dog, the AP reports. Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says the man escaped with his family before going back inside Monday evening in the town of Orland. Firefighters recovered the body of 40-year-old Sam Crawford hours later, after the fire was extinguished. Two other adults and two children escaped the fire uninjured. Investigators say the fire was caused by a space heater in the garage. They say Crawford moved a skidder, a vehicle used in logging, to safety before telling others he was going back to look for his dog. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Firefighters had to use tanker trucks to haul water to the rural site. (Man dies after rescuing dogs from high surf.)

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