A Boothbay fire victim is being called a hero, after family members said he made sure his girlfriend escaped first.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the Sunday fire that killed two people and injured four others.
Julie Gilbert, 48, remained at Maine Medical center on Monday, recovering from burns. Some said she’s alive thanks to the heroic actions of her boyfriend, Baldomero “Bart” Zamora, 50, who died in the fire, along with her son, Lucas Farias, 23.
Investigators said both men were found near windows in separate second-floor bedrooms.
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Zamora’s family is calling him a hero, saying he died making sure Gilbert got out safely.
Maine State Police said all three were visiting from Chicago and rented the Boothbay home to celebrate Zamora’s 50th birthday.
Police said the fire started in the first-floor living room. A Winslow woman and her two kids were sleeping nearby, but they made it out with minor injuries.
Farias had recently graduated from DePaul University and was a talented musician. Friends and family said he could pick up any instrument and play it.
In a statement to CBS 13, Frank Farias, Lucas Farias’ father, said, “Yesterday, we all lost an amazing man, a loving son, a caring brother and most of all, a true friend of many.”
For now, Farias’ mother is listed in satisfactory condition at the hospital, while investigators try to pinpoint what caused the deadly fire.
CBS 13 reached out to the owners of the Boothbay home, as well as the realty agency listing it for sale, but messages were not returned.