November 23, 2017
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ORRINGTON, Maine — Investigators continue to work at the scene of Saturday’s house fire in Orrington that killed a man and his three children and left their mother hospitalized. Preliminary results of the investigation could be released sometime Monday, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for… Read More
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  • Hannah Tapley

    My thoughts and prayers go to this family and to all of the emergency personel who are doing their hard jobs.

    • I wonder what caused the fire, it’s pretty weird that they weren’t able to escape the house in time

      • Anonymous

         It was at 2 am. Everyone was asleep. It’s either possible that that their smoke detectors weren’t working for some reason, or they weren’t heard til it was too late to be able to escape.

        • maybe 

        • Henderson bobby

          I have seen cases where they had smoke detectors but took them down because the newer hard wired ones have battery back up it one is bad the all chirp and is hard to find the problem one . Not saying this is the case but if it is we can all (what is the word I want)  the some detector industry who lobbies for this change . Far more have died because they took them down than  when thier was a power outage. All people should have separate stand alone ones as a back up along  with hard wired ones. Not saying they did not have working smoke detectors in this case . 

          • Anonymous

            Yes, we should all have both wherever possible. And I would urge you all to do as I have done.

            In memory of Ben Johnson and his children, I have gone out and bought new batteries and replaced them in my existing smoke detectors and CO detectors, and did the same at my daughter’s home where she lives with her infant. I have also purchased batteries for my daughter to take to the baby’s Daddy’s house to replace the batteries in his detectors as well.

            In memory of Mr. Johnson and his children, I am urging as many readers as possible to follow suit and if possible to do so for one other household besides your own. Let’s reach out and make our homes a little safer than they were and maybe we can prevent one other injury or death this winter.

        • Anonymous

          Do you know, or are you guessing?? If you are guessing, keep quiet till, whatever happens comes out, pls,

          • Anonymous

            If I knew for sure, I would say that I knew. Perhaps rather than giving me a hard time for offering POSSIBLE reasons a family didn’t get out at 2am, why don’t you give the guy who is stating for a fact that he’s CERTAIN it’s arson. 

          • Anonymous

            No, not giving you a hard time, I was very shaken by this story, those kids, and do not feel anyone should say what happen until we know, sorry.

  • jerrymyx

    Please pray for  (Mom) Christine Johnson!!

  • Anonymous

    Please everyone pray for this mom, she is in serious condition and needs prayer.  I will continue to pray for her and the rest of her family that is going through a rough time with the loss of children and there dad.  Please post positive things about this, not negative things, like some posters have.

    • I know, I’m interested to figure what happened it’s odd that they weren’t able to escape 

    • Anonymous

       wow dkenzie…that’s def not like you…but I must say it’s great that you are hoping for positive thoughts for all involved

      • Anonymous

        I am sick of people posting things on here that are negative.  As you noticed i do not do it now because it is wrong.  Have a great night upta

      • Anonymous

        To top it all off i know who they were and they were the sweetest kids and he was a great husband to her.

  • Anonymous

    I am a wife and mother…I cannot fathom the depth of the loss that this woman is now faced with. I pray that somehow, someday, she will find peace. Until then, I will send a prayer her way.  I strongly encourage others to do the same. This poor woman will need all of the love, prayers and acts of kindness that she can get.

  • Anonymous

    I personally can not even think what she is going through right now.  I have one daughter and if i lost her my life would be shambles, even losing my wife would be a loss to me.  I pray she gets better soon.  God be with her at these rough times

  • Melora

    Truly heartbreaking what this mother is going through–to lose her entire family!  Prayers are needed as well as community support to help her financially–funeral expenses, a place to live (if she doesn’t have it), etc.  And with the holidays so near too.  So very very sad…

  • Anonymous

    My heart is absolutely breaking for Christine and other family and friends. I can not fathom what this poor wife and mother is going through. It is much too painful and fills me with fear for her future and what she is going to have to face. I am sure there are many like me, trying to go on with their day. I am finding it impossible to concentrate or do anything but think of this tragedy. I don’t know this family but for some strange reason, that I don’t yet understand, I am feeling so much sadness and anxiety for Christine. I just want to wrap my arms around her and tell her everything is going to be alright. But, it won’t be…. Her life is never going to be the same, ever. The loves of her life, her whole world has come crashing down. She will have to be much stronger than I,to fight for her life and to go on. I don’t think I could. I pray that God will lay His hands on Christine and comfort her in every way, everyday, for the rest of her life.  
    Hold your loved one tight.  

    • szyq43

      I am feeling very much like you (Countryliving4me) I’ve had a knot in my stomach since hearing the news. You have much empathy as do I and am just as unable to fathom how a woman goes on after losing the loves of her life. I keep thinking about how this woman will feel every year during the holidays. She has probably bought presents for her children and husband that will never be given. Sometimes I don’t understand the saying that God will never give us more than we can handle because this is something I don’t know if I’d be able to get through.
      She and her family will be in my prayers every night and I hope the community will come together and help her. The thing I love about living in Maine is the closeness of neighbors and the way that communities stand up in tragedies like this one. GOD bless this wife and mother.

  • Anonymous

    Has there been a fund set up her yet?

    • Anonymous

      Not that i have heard.  I believe the Calvary Chapel could be doing something.  You can always check with red cross also.

  • Anonymous

     I understand that you are speaking from experience, experience that I do not, and hope to never have. That being said, everyone is different, and what you prefer (as you have stated) may NOT be what she needs. It is presumptuous of you to tell the people who care, what she does, or does not want. She may be the type of person who would prefer to have a huge outpouring of support and love. Unless you know her, and are passing along information given directly by her, please don’t tell us what she wants and needs.

  • Anonymous

    Me and my church will be praying for you Christine.

  • Anonymous

    JustME, sorry for you loss as well, I can not imagine what you went through and will continue to go through for the rest of your life.  But like jemileesmom stated, every one is different so just because that is how you feel does not me everyone feels the same.  I know people who have gone through things in life that are tragic and I as well as many others  would much rather have people stating their thoughts and prayers than to be saying nothing as if it never happened.

  • The video and neighbors talking is really hard to listen to. I believe they did all they could do in the situation they were faced with and I feel for those involved. Christine my heart goes out to you and I am really sorry for your loses. <3 

    • Anonymous

      Having been in that situation with a neighbor who collapsed on our land, it was automatic to do all we could. There wasn’t an option. What is encouraging is that when people honestly care, there is only path, to do all one can. It is not easy as we found but like the human spirit from a young age is geared toward survival, how beautiful that at the same time, we are compelled naturally to try to save one another. I find that very positive and am so glad to know that of myself. I hope Christine and her rescuers find peace and comfort in the midst of all of this.

  • Anonymous

    My ex-husband was best friends w/Ben (father) and grew up with him. He told me today that him and some other childhood friends are setting up a benefit supper of sorts for Christine. I can post details once I get them from him if anyone is interested in helping.

    • Anonymous

       Yes, please do! I hadn’t seen Ben in years, and I’ve never met Christine, but I will help in any way I can!

  • Anonymous

    So sad…:(

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