Canton man dies after running back into burning house to save dogs

Posted Feb. 07, 2012, at 8:43 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 08, 2012, at 11:06 a.m.

CANTON, Maine — Authorities say a 64-year-old man in Canton, Maine, has died in a fire after he ran back into his burning home to try to save his dogs.

The state fire marshal’s office says the body of Sherwood Campbell was found in a second-floor bedroom of his home early Wednesday. He was last seen yelling for help from a second-floor window as flames engulfed his house Tuesday evening.

Authorities say Campbell managed to escape after the fire broke out about 5 p.m., but he went back in to try to rescue three dogs.

Campbell lived in the house with his parents, who were not at home.

Investigators say the fire likely started on the first floor near the kitchen and that they would further investigate to pinpoint the cause.

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