Monday, February 12, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters Battling 2nd-Alarm 175 Rankin Street Rockland Structure Fire

11:11pm Update: According to Rockland Fire, Rockland Fire was dispatched to a building fire at 175 Rankin Street. The caller stated that the apartment was on fire but that no one was inside when they exited the building. Car 1 arrived to find heavy fire venting from the second story and a second alarm was struck. The duty crew (C-Shift) arrived with 5 personnel and immediately placed a handline into operation and began fire attack. Two additional handlines were put into place once more help arrived from our off duty and mutual aid companies. The fire was extinguished with about 750 gallons of water and was contained to the apartment of origin. The adjacent apartments had minimal smoke and water damage. CMP disconnected the power to the apartments and most of the tenants were staying with friend or family for the night. RFD and FMO will be back on the scene investigating the fire tomorrow. No injuries occurred as a result of the fire.

As is true with any fire, a quick response saves lives and property. A staffed fire department is able to respond quicker and mitigate the hazards sooner, preventing further fire spread and damage from occurring. Crews were able to contain the fire to the apartment of origin.

Photos  Courtesy: Rockland FD
As stated in every press release that involves mutual aid, the City of Rockland is very fortunate to have quality neighboring fire departments within our mutual aid area. We all work effectively as a team and we couldn’t ask for better support.

Given the time this fire occurred, the situation could have been much worse had it been later in the evening when people were asleep. With this in mind, please make sure your smoke detectors are functioning properly and you know your escape routes in case of an emergency.

Apparatus Assigned:
Rockland Tower 3 Rockport Engine 23
Rockland Squad 3 Rockport Engine 22
Rockland Engine 1 Thomaston FD

Rockland Engine 2 Camden Ladder 1 for RIT

Rockland Rescue 1 and 2 South Thomaston FD

North East Mobile Health Rockland Car 1

Number of Personnel: Estimated 35 firefighters responded to the scene.

Cause is under Investigation, waiting on the State Fire Marshal’s Office to assist.

 Call came in at 6:28pm, first unit arrived at 6:32pm.

7 people affected, 2 of the 7 in fire apartment.

7:23pm Update: Fire units are starting to clear the scene, Rockport, South Thomaston are at Rockland station coverage.
6:51pm:Update: Bulk of the fire is knocked down, checking for any extension, great job by firefighters.
BREAKING NEWS: Rockland, Maine - Firefighters from multiple fire departments are battling a 2nd-alarm structure fire on Monday, February 12th, 2018 at 175 Rankin Street in Rockland, Maine.

Heavy fire showing from second floor, apt. 29.

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