A fire Monday evening, Feb. 12, heavily damaged a residence in the Fieldcrest apartment complex off Rankin Street.

Thirty-five firefighters from Rockland, Thomaston, Camden, Rockport and South Thomaston responded to the fire at about 6:30 p.m. The first crew that arrived found heavy fire venting from the second floor of apartment 29 in the residential complex.

The two people in the apartment — rented by a Mrs. Thorbjornson — got out safely, Rockland Fire Chief Christopher Whytock said. There were no injuries.

The apartment where the blaze started had heavy fire and heat damage on the second floor and smoke and water damage to the first floor. There was minimal smoke and water damage to adjacent apartments, according to Whytock. Five people from adjacent apartments were forced to evacuate.

Power was turned off to that set of four apartments. Most of the tenants stayed with friends and families for the night, the chief said.

An investigator from the Maine Fire Marshal's Office was called in to assist in finding the cause. No cause had been determined as of Tuesday afternoon, the chief said.

The chief said the fire could have been worse if it had occurred later at night, since it could have gotten more of a head start. He urged people to check their smoke detectors and practice escape routines.

The chief also said a full-time staffed fire department helped to prevent the fire from spreading. He praised the effort of the neighboring departments and the mutual-aid system.