A Dedham man is dead after a fire swept through his home on Privet Road Wednesday morning, according to the State Fire Marshal’s office.
Jerry Bishop, 76, and his wife, Phyllis Bishop, 77, escaped the house mid-morning after smoke detectors went off, an investigator with the office said. The man went back into the burning house to look for his dog.
His body was found only a few feet inside the log cabin house after he entered it to look for his dog, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Investigators believe he was overcome with smoke.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but the couple reported some electrical issues at the home the day before, he said.
The house was destroyed in the blaze.
Privet Road is off of Route 1A near the Lucerne Inn.
This is the second fatal fire in a week in which homeowners have died re-entering their burning houses to look for pets.
On Feb. 4, a man in nearby Orland died after he went back into his burning home to look for his dog.
Just weeks before that fire, a house fire in Orrington killed two of the five occupants.
Over the past five years, the total number of people who died from Maine fires each year has hovered between 15 and 25, according to the State Fire Marshal’s office.