Electrical fire sends departments scrambling

By Stephen Betts | Jul 02, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland and Rockport fire crews respond to an electrical fire in Rockland July 2.

Rockland — Fire departments from two communities responded shortly after noon Monday, July 2, to an electrical fire at the offices of the Maine Coast Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Rockport backed up Rockland, which had crews at both Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and at an ambulance call on the Bog Road in Rockland.

A burning smell was strong on the Main Street side of the building, which is on Water Street.

Rockland Fire Chief Christopher Whytock said the electrical fire was centered on the panel that powers the air conditioning for the building.

There were no injuries, but the chief said he could still hear crackling sounds. The Rockland department was awaiting the arrival of Central Maine Power to shut off power.

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