Structure fire damages Redlon & Johnson building
Rockland — A structure fire the morning of Sunday, June 22 at the Redlon & Johnson commercial building caused extensive damage to the structure housed at 65 Tillson Ave.
The Rockland Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, led on site by Assistant Fire Chief Mike Mazzeo, was assisted by fire department personnel from Thomaston, South Thomaston and Rockport. The building was not occupied. A utility crew arrived to shut down power to the building.
Rockland acting Fire Chief Adam Miceli said June 24 the state electrical inspector determined it was an accidental electrical fire.
The fire was called in by a U.S. Coast Guard employee around 8 a.m., Miceli said. He saw smoke coming from the building's basement where electrical fixtures and a boiler are located. First on the scene were four Rockland Fire & EMS firefighters, who used a 2-and-a-half inch hose to contain the blaze.
"They knocked down the bulk of the fire by squirting water in through the basement window," Miceli said. It took several thousand gallons to put out the fire, which took about 40 minutes, he added. The smell of burnt plastic was strong, and resulting soot and smoke damage was viewed throughout the building.
Redlon & Johnson, which sells plumbing, heating, and well supplies, is located at the corner of Tillson Avenue and Park Drive, next to Hamilton Marine and across the street from The Bird Building. Rockland Police temporarily diverted traffic away from the waterfront area on Tillson Avenue.
"We're very fortunate that no one was in there," Miceli said.
One female firefighter from Rockland was taken from the building, but not injured, when a piece of ceiling fell on her, Miceli said. Firefighters who went inside used masks and air tanks.
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