A Maine man escaped a burning house with his family. But then went back to save his dog.

Firefighters found the man's body in the basement after the fire was extinguished.

ORLAND, Maine (AP) — Investigators say a Maine man died when he returned to a burning house to get his dog.

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland said the man escaped the fire with the rest of his family before going back inside Monday evening in the town of Orland. Firefighters found his body in the basement hours later after the fire was extinguished.

Two other adults and two children escaped the fire uninjured.

Officials say the home was completely destroyed. There was no immediate word on the identity of the victim or the fate of the pet.


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