Man injured fighting Spruce Head Island cottage fire

By Kim Lincoln | May 14, 2017

South Thomaston — A man was injured the morning of May 14 fighting a fire inside a cottage he is renting on Spruce Head Island.

The man, who has not been identified, was taken by South Thomaston EMS to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, according to South Thomaston Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood.

South Thomaston Fire and EMS responded to the call at about 6:30 a.m. at 48 Merchant Landing. The cottage is owned by Skip Connell and is being rented, the chief said. Firefighters were on the scene for about one hour and 45 minutes.

Calderwood said the fire was out when firefighters arrived, but the man was injured attempting to extinguish the blaze. Damage to the cottage was contained to the first floor interior wall, flooring and rug.

It appears the fire began from items placed on top of a propane heater, Calderwood said.

There were smoke detectors in the residence, but did they not work due to not being mounted or not having batteries installed.

The Fire Marshal's Office was called to investigate, per protocol, because of the injuries sustained.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | May 15, 2017 07:12

And you know all of this from this article. Amazing.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | May 14, 2017 16:31

The owner should have inspected his property and see that the man was a responsible tenant. This fire was negligence. Why would anyone put items on top of a propane heater?

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