Father, 3 Children Perish in Orrington Fire

A man and his three young children are dead after an early morning fire. His wife, their mother, is the lone survivor. It is the deadliest blaze in maine in 20 years. 

Authorities say neighbors reported a massive blaze coming from the Dow Road home just before 3 a-m. When crews arrived, they found the structure engulfed and the children's mother, 31-year-old christine johnson, on the roof. 30 year old Benjamin Johnson III, his two sons, ages 9 and 4, and his daughter, age 8, died in the home. Paramedics transported Christine Johnson to eastern maine medical center to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Her condition was initially said to be serious, but officials say she improved today. Investigators intend to speak with her before they release their findings tomorrow. Her husband benjamin johnson worked at hollywood casino in bangor. Christine is an author.

the family had moved to the dow road six months ago.

Erin Thomas

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ethomas@wvii.com

Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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