BOOTHBAY, Maine — Family members say one of the men who died in a house fire in Maine broke a window allowing his girlfriend to escape with knowledge that he wouldn’t make it.

Elva Zamora, sister of Baldomero “Bart” Zamora, tells the Portland Press Herald ( ) that her brother knew breaking the second-floor window would engulf the room by fueling the fire with oxygen. She says he had no choice because the stairs had collapsed.

The 50-year-old Zamora of Chicago died next to the window but his 48-year-old girlfriend, Julie Gilbert, survived the second-story jump. Her son, 23-year-old Lucas Farias, also died in the fire.

The fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire early Sunday in Boothbay. A Winslow woman and her two young children on the ground floor escaped with minor injuries.

This story has been corrected to show survivor Julie Gilbert was victim’s girlfriend, not wife.

Information from: Portland Press Herald,

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