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Teen boy is lone survivor of devastating house fire in rural Maine that killed his father, mother and 17-year-old sister – as it emerges home had no working smoke alarms

A teenage boy has emerged as the sole survivor of a devastating house fire that took the lives of his father, mother, and 17-year-old sister in rural Maine.

The fire occurred in the early hours of Thursday and claimed the lives of Erik Elmer, 47, Jessica Elmer, 39, and their 17-year-old daughter, Rose Elmer. The couple’s youngest son survived the fire.


Fort Fairfield firefighters responded to the emergency after receiving the fire report around 2am and found that three people, along with their pets, had died in the fire. 

Police said there was no indication of foul play in the fatal fire, and there were no working smoke detectors in the home. 


The tragic incident took place at 85 Riverside Avenue in Fort Fairfield, a rural town nestled in Aroostook County, bordering Canada. 


Erik Elmer(left), 47, Jessica Elmer(right), 39, and their 17-year-old daughter, Rose Elmer, died in a house fire in Fort Fairfield, Maine

Erik Elmer(left), 47, Jessica Elmer(right), 39, and their 17-year-old daughter, Rose Elmer, died in a house fire in Fort Fairfield, Maine

The fire that erupted in the early hours of Thursday claimed the lives of Erik Elmer, Jessica Elmer, and their daughter, Rose Elmer (pictured in 2017)

The fire that erupted in the early hours of Thursday claimed the lives of Erik Elmer, Jessica Elmer, and their daughter, Rose Elmer (pictured in 2017)

Fort Fairfield firefighters responded to the emergency after receiving the fire report around 2am and found that three people had died in the fire

Fort Fairfield firefighters responded to the emergency after receiving the fire report around 2am and found that three people had died in the fire


The surviving child has been transported to a local hospital. 


His two older sisters, who were not at home when the fire erupted, rushed to Maine on Thursday, according to his cousin. 

‘Their youngest survived and his two older sisters as well as my mom flew out to Maine yesterday to be there for him,’ Leisel Rose Young wrote in a social media post paying tribute to the family. 


She said the family will eventually move their youngest brother in with his sister Gillian Radford, who lives in the southwest of the country. 

 ‘Gillian is going to need as much help as she can get in order to move him across the US and try to rebuild a life for him from nothing,’ Young wrote. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the surviving child. 



‘Money will not ever make this loss any less painful but it can help ease the financial burden the surviving family doesn’t need to have right now,’ Young wrote in the page. 

Police said there was no indication of foul play in the fatal fire, and there also were no working smoke detectors in the home

Police said there was no indication of foul play in the fatal fire, and there also were no working smoke detectors in the home

The family was originally from Nampa, Idaho, and moved to Maine three years ago

The family was originally from Nampa, Idaho, and moved to Maine three years ago


Jessica Elmer (pictured) was a nurse and her husband, Erik Elmer, was a bassist

Jessica Elmer (pictured) was a nurse and her husband, Erik Elmer, was a bassist

Social media pages show Jessica Elmer was a nurse and her husband, Erik Elmer, was a bassist. 


The family was originally from Nampa, Idaho, and moved to Maine three years ago. 


According to the GoFundMe page, Radford is a young mother of two and will ‘need funds for clothing, food, therapy funeral and memorial services and more.’ 

‘It is with a breaking heart and a lot of pain that I have to say this at all,’ Radford wrote to her friends and family after the devastating incident.

‘Early this morning just after midnight, my father Erik Elmer, mother Jessica Elmer and my sweet little sister Rose Elmer passed away in a house fire, along with their pets,’ the mother of two said. 


‘We have yet to figure out memorial plans, and we ask those who are also grieving as we are to please hold questions until we have any possible answers.


‘My brother is okay and I am on my way to him as I type this. We would appreciate any and all prayers. Please respect our privacy and grief at this time for all involved.’

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