A major fire ripped through a business in downtown Rockland Sunday morning.
The fire broke out sometime before 8 AM at Redlon and Johnson plumbing on Tillson Avenue in Rockland, just off Route One.
Firefighters received a call just after 8 from the nearby coast guard base reporting a fire at the structure.
When firefighters arrived on the scene they say there was smoke pouring out of the basement, and it took crews from four towns to get this blaze under control.
“It went to three alarms which brought in the town of Thomaston, South Thomaston, on our initial alarm we also had Rockport responding,” said Rockland Assistant Fire Chief Mikial Mazzeo.
Initially firefighters attacked the blaze from outside, then forced a door open to battle flames from the interior, and that’s when things flared up.
“They opened one room and that room lit up, so we also had a fire on the first floor at that time,” said Mazzeo.
Despite that, crews were able to get the fire under control in about forty minutes. Officials say given the chemicals contained in the building, it could have been a lot worse.
“There’s obviously chemicals that they use in the plumbing process that are available here. There’s PVC pipe and those type of things. Always the potential. I don’t believe any of that stuff got involved except to a minor extent,” said Mazzeo.
Firefighters say there was extensive structural damage, as well as damage to the first floor offices and basement, where they believe the fire started.
Investigators from the Maine Fire marshal’s Office were on scene Sunday, going through the structure and interviewing the company’s manager.
The cause is not yet determined, pending a visit by the state electrical inspector.
Police closed off nearby roads as crews battled the fire this morning.
Central Maine Power was also called in to cut power to the building.
Fire officials say it will be at least Monday before a cause is determined.