Child, 4, Killed in Maine Apartment Fire

Two other children and a firefighter were injured in the Mechanics Street blaze

A 4-year-old boy who was home alone with his twin sister and older brother died Wednesday following an apartment building fire in Houlton, Maine.

The little boy was identified Thursday as Taimi Pinkham, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety. Both of the boy's siblings were injured in the blaze but are expected to recover.

Officials said the boy's twin sister was treated at Houlton Regional Hospital for smoke inhalation, while his 12-year-old brother was taken by medical helicopter with burn injuries to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he remained hospitalized Thursday. The names of the surviving children will not be released due to their ages.

According to officials, no one was home with the three siblings when the blaze broke out around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday inside their three-story apartment building on Mechanics Street in Houlton -- not far from the Canadian border.

The Houlton Fire Department was assisted by the Littleton Fire Department, Hodgdon Fire Department, Linneus Fire Department, Monticello Fire Department, Aroostook County EMA, Houlton Police Department, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department and the US Customs and Border Protection.

One firefighter was also taken to an area hospital with breathing issues, officials said.

Investigators from the Fire Marshal’s Office are in Houlton and were expected to process the scene throughout the day Thursday. The fire, including its cause, remains under investigation.

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