Man killed in Verona Island fire was owner of Prospect home that caught fire

Published: Mar. 16, 2023 at 2:06 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2023 at 6:22 PM EDT
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VERONA ISLAND, Maine (WABI) - A Prospect man whose home was destroyed by fire Tuesday died in another fire on Verona Island Wednesday night.

Terrance Leach, 68, was staying in the home on East Side Drive.

The home owner made it out safely, but Leach did not.

He was at the home as a guest after the fire at his home in Prospect.

The cause of that fire was accidental. Investigators say Leach was smoking while using a home oxygen tank.

They have not said yet what caused the fire on Verona Island.

The homeowner told us he was in the kitchen when he heard a scream from the bedroom where Leach was staying.

He says he found the room full of flames and smoke.

The homeowner burned his hands and head and suffered smoke inhalation trying to rescue Leach.

He says the home had been in the family for generations, and it was not insured.