Fire destroys Rockland house, dog dies

By Stephen Betts | Jul 05, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts Firefighters battle a house fire on North Main Street in Rockland.

Rockland — A dog perished in a house fire early Thursday morning, July 5, in Rockland.

The fire was reported at 12:20 a.m. at 120 North Main St.

Rockland Fire Chief Chris Whytock said the two occupants of the house, including the owner, were able to get out safely. He said, however, when the pair exited, they did not have their cellphones.

One person banged on neighbors' doors in an effort to get the fire called in, he said. The other person waited at the back door, hoping for the dog to come outside. The fire chief estimated there was a seven- to eight-minute delay in the fire's being reported from when they left the house.

"The fire had a pretty big head start," the chief said.

And then firefighters faced the challenge of a lot of personal belongings blocking doors and windows, the chief said. In addition, flames were near a propane tank and a live wire from a utility pole that had broken from the house was dangling.

He said the cause of the fire is still being investigated. The Maine Fire Marshal's Office is assisting in that investigation.

Flames were still visible more than a half-hour after the first crews arrived, as smoke billowed out both the first and second floors of the structure. Thomaston, Rockport and South Thomaston crews and a Northeast Mobile Health Services ambulance were at the scene along with Rockland crews. Warren manned the Rockland and Thomaston stations.

Central Maine Power arrived to shut off electricity.

The house is owned by Peter Hart of Rockland, according to city assessment records. The two-story house was built in 1910 and is assessed by the city at $91,600.

Neighbors were outside watching the firefighting efforts early in the morning.

The intersection of North Main and Broadway was blocked by fire trucks, ambulances and police cruisers.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Jul 05, 2018 16:26

My son was a friend of Peters years ago, they seemed like a very nice family. I hope they get back on their feet soon.

Posted by: Peter Root | Jul 05, 2018 08:00

So sorry to read this. The Hart's are a great family.

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