Out of control brush fire threatens neighboring property

By Dwight Collins | May 08, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins Rockport Fire Department Safety Officer Phil Brown uses fire tools to help extinguish a brush fire May 8 on South Street in Rockport.

Rockport — Rockport Fire Department was called to 280 South St. for an out of control brush fire that was moving rapidly toward a neighbor's residence at approximately 12:15 p.m. May 8.

According to Deputy Chief Todd Philbrook, the fire began at 280 South St. but quickly spread to the neighboring property owned by Sam Appleton.

"My wife called and said that the neighbors were burning and the smoke and fire was getting very close to our house," Appleton said. "I'm not surprised it spread quick -- look how dry the underbrush is."

According to town records, 280 South St. is owned by Beckstrom Architects of Rockport.

Philbrook said it looked like brush was being burned, and there was some trimming of trees, and the fire got out of control. He said no burning permits were issued for today in the area and the Maine Forrest Service is further investigating the matter.

The fire burned approximately a quarter-acre of underbrush in the woods dividing the two neighbors' property.

Rockport Deputy Fire Chief Todd Philbrook talks with firefighter Levi Rollins May 8 during a call for an out of control burn on South Street. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Rockport Firefighter Justin Ford wets down the ground during a call for an out of control burn on South Street May 8. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
A stump is smoking after being on fire just moments prior May 8 as a brush fire got out of control on South Street. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Comments (3)
Posted by: William Spear | May 10, 2014 19:57

They just did the yearly brush pickup here where I live. Holland, Mi. While out on my daily 2 1/2 mile walk, I see big piles of brush along the curbs. Some people cut down trees they want to get rid of. Put the brush by the curb. City picks it up. It's in the budget. Along with curb and sidewalk cleaning. I think the only burning allowed is the back yard BBQ.

Posted by: Susan Sinclair | May 10, 2014 12:39

I agree...why doesn't the town have brush pickup instead of allowing burning? Rockport is getting denser in terms homes closer together, just doesn't make sense.

Posted by: Susan Kanellakis | May 09, 2014 11:24

There is no such thing as a control burn especially when the conditions are dry and there is wind.    Look at the wildfire that was caused by a control burn in Oklahoma.

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