Kids jump from second story to escape fatal fire in Livermore Falls

The State Fire Marshal's Office says one person has died in a fire in Livermore Falls. (John W. Blais)

LIVERMORE FALLS (WGME) -- A Livermore Falls police sergeant caught two boys who jumped from a burning building Tuesday night, according to Lt. Joseph Sage.

Firefighters were called to the scene after 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Main Street home was engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

Maine State Police say a 14-year-old and an 11-year-old escaped by jumping from a second-floor window.

Lt. Sage says the 11-year-old boy was injured in the jump and taken to the hospital.

Lt. Sage says Sgt. Vernon Stevens happened to be driving by and spotted the boys hanging from the window of the burning home before the fire was even reported.

Sgt. Stevens coaxed the 14-year-old boy into jumping and caught him, according to Lt. Sage.

However, when the 11-year-old jumped, he hit a secondary roof. Sgt. Stevens still caught him, according to Lt. Sage. The boy is expected to be okay.

Sgt. Stevens suffered minor injuries from catching the children.

One person died in the fire. Their identity has not been released.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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