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Teenager dies in Hiram house fire, four others escape through windows

Investigators think 19-year-old Alexander Mudgett was trying to escape the home in Hiram when he died.
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(NEWS CENTER Maine) — A teenager is dead after a fire ripped through a home without any smoke detectors in Hiram early Saturday morning.

Nineteen-year-old Alexander Mudgett lived at the home with four other friends all of whom were able to escape the house fire without any serious injury according to the State Fire Marshals Office.

Mudgett's body was found on the first floor at the foot of the stairs and investigators think he was attempting to escape the fire.

Mudgett , along with two men and two women, all in their 20s, were asleep in bedrooms on the second floor when one of them awoke because of smoke and alerted the others. The four survivors all crawled out bedroom windows onto the roof and then jumped from the second story.

One survivor suffered a minor leg injury.

The building was destroyed in the fire and all that remains is one wall. Fire investigators think the fire started on the first floor or underneath the home. The cause has not been determined. The fire department was notified of the blaze by a neighbor around 5 a.m.