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Man dies after going into burning house to save dog

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Posted at 10:03 AM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 10:03:37-05

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.

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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.