Rockport firefighters busy with responding to Union chimney fire, Samoset condo fire, crash

Two-vehicle Rockport crash sends one to hospital

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 12:00pm

    ROCKPORT — A portion of Route 1 (Commercial Street) close to the intersection of Beech Hill Road was closed for approximately 20 minutes late in the morning April 12, while Rockport firefighters and a crew from North East Mobile Health Services tended to two drivers involved in a crash.

    One driver in a Honda CRV was making a turn off of Beech Hill, though it is unclear whether she was making a left or a right, but apparently accelerated into the path of an oncoming BMW convertible that was heading south on Route 1, said Fire Chief Jason Peasley.

    The BMW subsequently T-boned the CRV, sending that vehicle across the road.

    The air bags in both vehicles deployed, and the CRV driver was transported to Pen Bay Medical Center, complaining of neck pain. The driver of the BMW was not injured, although the car itself was likely demolished, said Peasley.

    More details will follow when they are made available.

    This was not the first incident of the day for Rockport Fire Department: Just before 8 a.m., a two-alarm call was sent to area fire departments when a report of a structure fire at the condos at the Samoset Resort was made by the occupants.

    According to Peasley, the residents hears a “weird nose in the basement,” saw smoke and flames, and called for help.

    The condos are attached to multiple units, and firefighters moved quickly to determine that the flames were visible on an outside wall.

    Apparently, the source of the fire was a disconnect switch on the outside of the building, which serviced the heat pump. The electrical fire burned into the shingles, building into flames.

    Firefighters used fire extinguishers to tackle the burning shingles and mutual aid firefighters returned to their respective towns, while Rockport firefighters made sure the fire was completely out.

    On Sunday, April 11, Rockport Fire Dept. responded to a Union home where a chimney fire had radiated to wood in the basement and was spreading. Rockport and Hope firefighters assisted there in extinguishing that fire.

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