Resident helps evacuate Rockland apartment building during fire

By Stephen Betts | Sep 23, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts The back deck of the second floor and the siding were damaged in a Sunday afternoon, Setp. 23, fire at a four-unit apartment building at 10 Summer St. in Rockland.

Rockland — A fire Sunday afternoon, Sept. 23, damaged the exterior of a four-unit apartment building on Summer Street.

Quick action by a resident helped to prevent injuries or further damage to the 10 Summer St. building.

Rockland Fire Chief Christopher Whytock said the fire damaged a second-floor deck and the siding in the back of the building. A press release sent out later by the fire department stated that improper disposal of smoking material by the occupant of that unit was the cause of the fire.

First-floor resident Sam Warner said he noticed smoke outside the apartment building.

"I said 'I hope someone is barbecuing,'" Warner said, before going out and seeing flames about 10 feet high.

He said he went through the building to alert tenants to evacuate and then asked another person outside to call 911. He said he and another man grabbed buckets and carried water up the back stairs eight to nine times to keep the fire in check.

The fire department arrived and extinguished the flames. Rockport also sent a crew to assist Rockland.

The fire was reported at about 4 p.m.

The property is owned by Mike and Kelli Sabatini.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Deborah Clarisse Morrison | Sep 24, 2018 06:42

Interesting construction with regards to those vertical post with no support below them.  Any property with over 2 units should have their smoke detectors wired together so they all go off at once.  Glad everyone got out OK.

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