Dedham man dies trying to rescue dog from burning home

DEDHAM, Maine (WABI) - Sgt. Scott Richardson with the State Fire Marshal's Office said, "There are two people who lived here, in their 70s. The female is going to stay with family members."

The State Fire Marshal's Office said a man is dead following a fire at a log cabin home on the Privet Road in Dedham. Authorities have identified the victim as 76-year-old Jerry Bishop.

Craig Shane, Chief of Dedham/Lucerne Fire Department explained, "It appears that the fire was somewhere in the living room area."

Investigators said Bishop and his wife were inside and both got out after smoke detectors went off. "First arrived, we had fully involved fire coming out the roof out through the porch," added Shane.

But, officials said Jerry Bishop went back inside to rescue his dog and never made it out again. His body was found near a door. Shane said, "Like we've always said, get out, stay out, dial 911. It's a sad state, but life safety is primary objective here."

This is the second local fire death in a week involving a homeowner who went back into a burning house to look for a pet. An Orland man died on February 4th.

Fire Chief, Craig Shane, said weather conditions weren't a problem for fighting the blaze. They used quick thinking for water supply.

Shane explained, "We could've gone all the way back to the intersection of 46. There's a hydrant. But, logistically it's a ways away. We opted to go down by Camp Capella, drill through the ice and get some water."

The home is a total loss. Authorities said the couple reported some electrical issues at their home the day before, but the cause is undetermined at this point. We're told the husky has not been found.