Three Young Children & Dad Tragically Die In Maine House Fire

Fri, November 16, 2012 7:17pm EST by 6 Comments
Maine House Fire
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A Maine father made the ultimate sacrifice when he ran back inside his burning Maine home to save his three children — only to perish along with them inside. Read on for the tragic details.

Benjamin Johnson III watched in horror as his Orrington, Maine family home was engulfed in flames. When he ran back inside to try and his three kids, Ben, 9, Leslie, 8, and Ryan, 4, from the deadly fire, he never made it back out.

Only their mother, Christine Johnson, survived after escaping out of a second-story window.

The fire is believed to be caused by a wood-burning stove, which ignited cardboard boxes that were left inches away.

The family reportedly was waiting on a loan for a furnace, and were using the stove temporarily until they could properly heat their home.

Neighbors Terri and Doug Winslow heard Christine screaming, and opened the window to find her house ablaze. They called 911 — but when responders arrived on the scene it was too late.

The bodies of the three children were found in a bedroom on the second floor, and the father’s body was found at the top of the stairs.

A funeral will be held on Nov. 18, and the community is holding a bowling fundraiser on December 9 at the Family Fun and Hollywood Casino, where the family went hours before the tragedy.

Such a tragedy. Our thoughts are with the Johnson family during this difficult time.

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Posted at 2:30 AM on November 18, 2012  

No recent pic? It says the youngest was 4. RIP

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Posted at 12:13 AM on November 17, 2012  

It would be kind and respectful for HL to post a link for donations when they find one, as these things take time. Use your influence to help those suffering, and I will be praying for mama.

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Posted at 2:12 PM on November 17, 2012  

I agree. She’s going to need a home, gravestones, ect.. I would love to help.

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Posted at 11:43 PM on November 16, 2012  

My God, that is so devastating!

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Posted at 9:10 PM on November 16, 2012  

that’s horrible, it makes me want to cry.

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Posted at 7:54 PM on November 16, 2012  

There are no words to explain how much I feel sorry…

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