Family escapes burning home through second floor window

By Ben Holbrook | May 15, 2014

Searsmont — A Searsmont couple and their baby were lucky to escape a fire without injury early in the morning of May 15, after they were forced to jump out of a second floor window.

Searsmont Fire Chief James Ames said his department, along with crews from Belmont, Lincolnville, Morrill and Montville, responded to a home on 169 Woodsman Mill Road at about 12:20 a.m.. Ames said the home is owned by True Bragg and his wife.

When firefighters arrived on scene, Ames said fire was visible coming from every window in the home. He said True Bragg was able to jump out of a second story window before his wife dropped their infant child to him. Bragg's wife then also jumped out of the second story window, Ames said.

Ames said the Braggs were fortunate because the blaze intensified shortly after they escaped. In addition, even though Bragg told emergency responders there were working smoke detectors in the home, it was the smoke from the fire that woke the couple and not the smoke detectors, Ames said.

The couple were forced to jump out of the second story window, Ames said, because of the amount of smoke in the home.

An investigator with the State Fire Marshal Office determined the cause of the fire was unknown, but believed it started in the area of the chimney, Ames said.

Neither Bragg or his wife were injured after jumping out of the window, but their child was taken to Waldo County General Hospital for evaluation, Ames said.

No other injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

Ames said the fire destroyed the residence. He said the home was insured.

He said the American Red Cross organization was contacted to provide assistance to the Braggs in the wake of the fire.

A fundraising website has been set up to help the Braggs and to date has raised $37,740. To donate, go to


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