Out of control brush fire threatens neighboring property
Rockport — Rockport Fire Department was called to 280 South St. for an out of control brush fire that was moving rapidly toward a neighbor's residence at approximately 12:15 p.m. May 8.
According to Deputy Chief Todd Philbrook, the fire began at 280 South St. but quickly spread to the neighboring property owned by Sam Appleton.
"My wife called and said that the neighbors were burning and the smoke and fire was getting very close to our house," Appleton said. "I'm not surprised it spread quick -- look how dry the underbrush is."
According to town records, 280 South St. is owned by Beckstrom Architects of Rockport.
Philbrook said it looked like brush was being burned, and there was some trimming of trees, and the fire got out of control. He said no burning permits were issued for today in the area and the Maine Forrest Service is further investigating the matter.
The fire burned approximately a quarter-acre of underbrush in the woods dividing the two neighbors' property.