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Small fireworks fire put out by Camden firefighters July 4

By Susan Mustapich | Jul 09, 2019
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Curtis Island

CAMDEN — Camden firefighters helped put out a small fire on Curtis Island believed to have been set off by July 4 fireworks.

A call came in at 9:42 p.m. to the Knox Regional Communications Center that someone in the Dillingham Point area thought they could see a fire on Curtis Island, according to Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley.

Farley was viewing fireworks from the roof of French & Brawn Marketplace with the store's owner, Camden firefighter Todd Anderson, and neither could see a fire. Anderson flew his unmanned aerial vehicle over the island, and did not pick up any views of a fire, Farley said.

At 9:49 p.m., the Knox Regional Communications Center received a call from staff of the fireworks company on the barge in Camden Harbor, that they could see a small fire on Curtis Island and had called the caretakers there.

Farley called Camden Harbormaster Steve Pixley, who arranged to have Deputy Harbormaster Joe Leo and Harbor Assistant Matt Nickerson pick up two firefighters equipped with water tanks and axes, Farley said.

The firefighters found the Curtis Island caretakers had discovered an old log that was smoldering, and had doused it with about 10 gallons of water they had carried in tanks. The firefighters axed the log apart and brought the material down to the rocky area near the water, Farley said.

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