Structure fire damages Redlon & Johnson building

By Larry Di Giovanni | Jun 22, 2014
Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni Firefighters focused most of their attention on the east side of the Redlon & Johnson building at 65 Tillson Ave., which sells plumbing, heating, and well supplies.

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.

Courier Publications reporter Larry Di Giovanni can be reached at 594-4401 x. 117, or by email at: ldigiovanni@villagesoup.com.

Rockland Fire & EMS responded to the June 22 fire at about 8 a.m., assisted by firefighters from Thomaston, Rockport and South Thomaston. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
Firefighters opened up both ends of the Redlon & Johnson building to allow ventilation and disperse smoke. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
Fire department units from Rockland, Thomaston, Rockport, and South Thomaston lined up along Park Drive to assist in limiting fire damage at 65 Tillson Ave. Northeast Ambulance also responded although the building was not occupied. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
Smoldering debris is removed from the building through a window. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
A Rockland firefighter douses the smoldering debris removed to the ground through a window. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Wayne Keiderling | Jun 24, 2014 05:55

Good job, Rockland fire dept.  Thank you COAST GUARD!!!



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Larry Di Giovanni, a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, is returning to his daily reporting roots in order to cover the city of Rockland for The Courier-Gazette. Originally from Athens, Ohio, his family includes one son, Tony.

Di Giovanni has covered news beats ranging from the city of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., to the largest tribal government in the United States — the Navajo Nation. He has also worked as a writer in the public education and higher education fields. He's an animal enthusiast and loves dogs.

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