The extreme heat and flames also damaged two neighboring homes, partially burning down a nearby fence and forcing all neighbors to evacuate
“No one was hurt besides Burke; his life was saved by officers,” Rascoe said.
Police believe the incident was isolated and involved only Burke, but they are looking to speak with anyone with information related to it, Racicot said.
No one but Burke was in the residence at the time, said City Police Capt. Michael Branch.
RED CROSS HELPED
North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross disaster-response volunteers provided immediate emergency aid to Giddings and Smith, including comfort kits, financial aid for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments.
One person was provided with temporary lodging, a press release said, but it didn’t specify whether it was Smith or Giddings.
About two hours before the fire, Burke was arrested on Margaret Street by City Police and charged with driving while intoxicated.
He was taken to the Police Station and released to a sober person.
Burke is also out on bail, charged with second-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.
It is alleged that he molested a child younger than 14.
— Cardinal Points staff Jordain Moore and Bailey Heinzerling contributed to this report.