Man dies trying to save dog from Dedham fire

DEDHAM — For the second time this month, a Hancock County man has died trying to save his dog from a house fire.

Fire swept through a log cabin home on Privet Road in Dedham Wednesday morning, according to State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland.

Investigators said Jerry Bishop, 76, and his wife, 77-year-old Phyllis Bishop, escaped the house after smoke detectors went off mid-morning.

“The man then re-entered the burning house to look for his dog,” McCausland reported. “His body has been located near a door.”

McCausland said investigators think Jerry Bishop was likely overcome with smoke. His body was recovered at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday just a few feet into his home.

The husky dog was not found.

The home was destroyed in the fire. Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office have not determined the cause of the blaze, but the Bishops reported some electrical problems at the home the day before.

The incident was tragically reminiscent of an Orland fire Feb. 4. Sam Crawford, 40, of Orland was killed after he re-entered his burning Winkumpaugh Road home to try to find his dog.

Crawford’s body was found in the rubble of the home’s basement.

Cyndi Wood

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Cyndi is managing editor of The Ellsworth American. The Ellsworth native joined the staff of The American in 2007 as a reporter.
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