CORINTH, Maine — Tragedy struck a local family Friday morning as a camper fire claimed the life of a 7-year-old boy.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office identified the boy as Christian Rand, whose body was discovered in the burned-out trailer just after 9:30 a.m.
When firefighters went to the scene, the trailer was engulfed in flames.
“The cause of the fire is still under investigation,” Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said early Friday afternoon.
York added that officials don’t know where the fire started yet.
The boy’s parents — Amanda and Nicholas Rand — weren’t home when the fire broke out, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. McCausland said the boy was home from school Friday because of illness and was asleep in the trailer at the time of the fire.
Asked whether the boy was alone, York said Friday evening, “I’m not at liberty to discuss the details of the investigation.” However, when asked who reported the fire, York said, “The grandmother in the house next door.”
The camper was located on property owned by a relative of the Rands at 1487 Main St. in Corinth, about a half-mile north of the Kenduskeag town line, York said.
When reporters arrived on the scene just after 10 a.m., a firefighter blocked access to the driveway, and Nicholas and Amanda Rand were seen sobbing and being consoled by members of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.
The trailer was not visible from Route 15.
Crews from Corinth, Hudson, Glenburn and Bradford battled the blaze, while state police officers were brought in to aid the fire marshal’s office in the investigation.
The boy’s body will be taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta this weekend for an autopsy, according to York. He said he hopes it will give authorities some leads in the case.
“At this point we’re not exactly sure the sequence of events that occurred,” York said when asked how the fire started. “We’re going to wait for the results of the autopsy.”
The sergeant added it’s unknown whether criminal charges will be filed in the case.
“At this point, it’s something that we’re talking about and I’m not sure that we’ve made a determination on how we’re going to proceed from this point,” York said.
York added that space heaters were used to heat the trailer, which was destroyed in the fire. All that remained of the structure was a lone wall.
The boy was a student at Kenduskeag Elementary School, according to York. He said Christian Rand had an older brother who was in school at the time of the fire.
Traffic on Route 15 was reduced to one lane while crews battled the fire. York said Amanda and Nicholas Rand are staying with relatives.
There was a fire at the same residence on June 27, 2001, according to Bangor Daily News archives. Clyde Richards lived there at the time and the mailbox still has the name “Richards” on it.
BDN writers Nok-Noi Ricker and Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.