Maine House Fire Kills Triplets
UNITY, Maine (AP) _ As neighbors and family friends wept, the bodies of three 7-year-old triplets were pulled from the charred wreckage of their home.
The boys were identified as Josh, Marcus and Brydon Freyer. Carmen Freyer, 28, the boys’ mother, was hospitalized in good condition after escaping with her 2-year-old daughter. A firefighter collapsed at the blaze and later died.
Neighbor Todd Converse helped save the daughter after hearing Freyer calling for help Wednesday. He ran into a smoke-filled, glass-enclosed porch in the back of the house in this college and farming town about 30 miles southwest of Bangor.
``I saw two little feet and I grabbed her,″ he said. The diaper-clad child was covered with soot, he said. As rescuers led Freyer away, she looked back at her home and repeatedly screamed ``I love you.″
Two neighbors sobbed and held each other while watching the house burn: Danielle Creasy, who said she baby-sat the triplets, and family friend Tammy Knowlton.
Teachers from Unity Elementary School, where the triplets were enrolled in a special-education program, watched silently. Neighbors said the boys’ father, Kurt Freyer, was out of state driving a truck.
Firefighters also mourned the loss of comrade Robert M. Jones, 48, the Waldo County sheriff and a part-time firefighter. He was pronounced dead at MaineGeneral Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said. Jones used to be chief of the Unity fire department.
Firefighter Mike Heath appeared shaken after learning of Jones’ death, throwing down his helmet and coat. He was consoled by other firefighters and deputies.
``Right now, I’m not even thinking straight,″ said Dennis Turner, the town fire chief, who said he had known Jones since 1972.
State fire marshals are investigating the blaze.