Fire damages Rockland home

By Stephen Betts | Mar 10, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Gordon Baxter watches as firefighters work to put out a fire at the house he lives in at 45 Highland St. in Rockland.

Rockland — A cooking fire spread rapidly Sunday afternoon, March 10, damaging the house at 45 Highland St.

There were no injuries.

Resident Gordon Baxter said he was cooking bacon on the stove and went into another room briefly and when he returned, there was a fire spreading up to the hood of the stove.

The fire was reported at about 1:30 p.m.

Smoke was pouring out of the eaves on both ends of the 1,200-square-foot ranch.

Crews had the fire extinguished by 2 p.m.

The house is owned by Jay Leech and  Becca Swan of Hope, according to city assessment records.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Peter Root | Mar 11, 2019 10:04

Glad to read no one was injured. Houses can be replaced and or fixed. People can't always. We are very lucky to have such good men and women first responders  to keep us safe and secure.


Posted by: Becca Swan | Mar 10, 2019 18:19

Thank you so much, Greg Marley. The smoke alarms did work but we didn't realize they were loud enough for neighbors to hear! A huge shout out and Thank You to Rockland, Rockport, and Camden Fire crews and Rockland PD. They were fast and efficient. Also thanks to Chief Mazzeo and Lt. Cole for being so respectful and answering our manyquestions. Jay Leech & Becca Swan

Posted by: Valli Genevieve Geiger | Mar 10, 2019 16:46

As one neighbor who heard the home fire alarms and then saw the smoke and called 911, I was pleased by the rapid arrival of the Rockland PD and very shortly thereafter, the Rockland Fire crew.  I and another neighbor were concerned about the residents and made sure the house was empty.   Rockland is fortunate to have a nearby and attentive group of responders.  Greg Marley

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