According to Rockland Fire Department press release, First fire unit on scene was tower 3 at 8:58pm. Other units assigned were Rockland Car 1, Tower 3, Squad 3, Rescue 1, Engine 2, Engine 1. Mutual Aid from Thomaston Fire, South Thomaston Fire, Rockport Fire, Camden Fire, North East Ambulance, and the Maine State Fire Marshall’s Office. Fifteen Rockland personnel assisted with 25 others from surrounding communities on scene.
Rockland Fire and EMS was dispatched to 29 James Street in the City’s north end for a report of a building fire with flames showing from the first and second floors. Upon arrival the duty crew found heavy fire conditions on the first floor with extension to the second floor. Assistant Chief Ken Elwell was informed that there may be people trapped in the building so Chief Whytock quickly asked for a third alarm with all units responding to the fire scene. The single occupant had evacuated the building prior to the fire departments arrival but the occupant was transported to Penobscot Bay Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Due to the injury of the occupant, the Maine State Fire Marshalls Office was called in to investigate the cause of the fire. The cause is currently under investigations.
No serious injuries occurred and all fire units were back in quarters by 02:16 am.
Because Rockland has a full time staffed department, a quick knock down of the initial fire helps make this fire a successful one. Mutual aid from our surrounding towns is something Rockland Fire and EMS couldn’t do without. Thanks to you all for the assistance.
The cause of fire is currently under investigation.