Family displaced, dog dies in Rockland fire

By Beth A. Birmingham | Mar 12, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Rockland Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel work to put out an appliance fire that burned up into the ceiling at 337 Pleasant St. March 11. The home was rendered not habitable at this time, displacing renters David and Carrie Johnson. The couple's dog died of smoke inhalation.

Rockland — A small appliance in the kitchen area is to blame for a fire at 337 Pleasant St. that brought Rockland Fire and Emergency Medical Services crews to the scene at 3:06 p.m. March 11.

The family dog died of smoke inhalation, despite having CPR and oxygen administered by fire personnel.

The initial report indicated the fire originated in the attic, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mikial Mazzeo. However, upon arrival on the scene it was discovered the appliance had caught fire in the kitchen and burned up through the ceiling.

The residence received extensive damage to the kitchen, and smoke and water damage throughout rendering it not habitable for renters David and Carrie Johnson — who were not home at the time of the fire. The single-family duplex is owned by Don Fowles, who lives next door.

Crews were on the scene for two hours, according to Mazzeo.

Rockland Police Department also responded to the scene.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.



Comments (8)
Posted by: Karen A Cochran | Mar 13, 2014 15:44

they said on the radio it was a vacuum seal device that started the fire


Posted by: RUTH ROWLING MAXFIELD | Mar 13, 2014 15:37

I think you asked a reasonable and intelligent question SwanHouse.  Too bad there is no reply to it!

Posted by: SWAN HOUSE | Mar 13, 2014 10:36

Thank you for your intelligent response.  The reason the question was initially asked was to ascertain the "type" of small appliance that caused the fire to help the readers take precautions to possibly prevent future occurrences.  Obviously knowing this information can not change what has already happened.  It is unfortunate that some are unable to connect the dots...

Posted by: Catherine L Leonard | Mar 13, 2014 06:38

By knowing what caused the fire some of us might use more caution if we have the same appliance!


Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Mar 13, 2014 04:24

why would that have made a better out come

Posted by: SWAN HOUSE | Mar 12, 2014 20:46

Well you put me in my place!  Sorry I asked the question.

Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Mar 12, 2014 19:55

How would that information be"helpful" to anyone? I think this paper puts out waaaay TMI in its reporting. ( Close up of every single car wreck??!! Divorce reporting like the old scandal sheets??!!) It's a tragedy, they don't need more invasion of privacy.

Posted by: SWAN HOUSE | Mar 12, 2014 18:15

It may be helpful to the readers if we knew the type of "small appliance" that caused this unfortunate fire.

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