Three-Year-Old Set Maine Fire that Killed Mom, Himself and Twin Siblings

One of the young victims set the fire that killed his family of four in Caribou on Thursday morning, according to the state fire marshal’s office, reports Bangor Daily News.

Fire investigators determined that 3-year-old Trenton Delisle, who would have turned 4 next week, set fire to items in the living room of the family’s mobile home, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

The boy died along with his 28-year-old mother, Norma Skidgel, and his twin 2-year-old brother and sister, Mason and Madison Delisle.

The youngster also had set fire to a Bible inside the kitchen stove earlier that morning, McCausland said in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

That first fire was extinguished by Skidgel’s sister Amy Bouchard, who also lived with her two sons in the trailer in the West Gate Villa mobile home park.

Bouchard left the mobile home briefly to take one of her sons down the road to the school bus stop, and the trailer was engulfed in heavy smoke and fire before she returned. Bouchard’s other son had spent the night elsewhere, McCausland said.

Investigators also say there were no working smoke detectors inside — only one was found and the battery had been removed. The rear door to the mobile home also had been blocked by a large piece of Styrofoam, likely for insulation.

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