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Crews douse Rockland apartment building fire

By Stephen Betts | Jun 05, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts Firefighters responded to a fire at 21 Fulton St. in Rockland. The fire was contained to the second floor rear apartment pictured with the broken window.

Rockland — Firefighters from around the region quickly extinguished a fire June 5 in a large apartment building in Rockland.

Crews were called to 21 Fulton St. shortly before 2:30 p.m. for a report of a fire.

Smoke was pouring out of a second floor window.

Rockland Fire Chief Christopher Whytock said no one was injured. All occupants of the building got out safely. Tenants watched as crews worked to put out the fire and clear the building of smoke.

The city assessment record states the the building has four to seven apartments. The building is owned by Stanley Carleton Jr., according to city assessment records.

The fire chief said the cause of the fire was smoking materials being too close to combustible materials.

"When the tenant noticed fire in the apartment she closed the door to the fire room. This action alone prevented fire spread and further damage before the fire departments arrival. Closed doors, even hollow core doors, can keep smoke, heat and fire in check," the chief said.

Crews from Rockport and Camden were at the scene. A total of 20 firefighters responded.

Fire damage was contained to the room or origin and the rest of the apartment sustained minimal water and smoke damage, the chief said. Approximately 150 gallons of water were used to extinguish the fire.


(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 06, 2021 15:15

Mutual aid has never been more important than these days of a shortage of volunteers able to leave their job when the bell rings. 

I believe that Knox County Mutual Aid Association was the first in the country back in the 1950's when it was first formed by Rockland Fire Chief Wes Knight and others. It would be nice to see Village Soup do an article about that formation while some of those; like George Grafton; are still alive.

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