Fire breaks out at Rockland dump

Posted Jan. 26, 2013, at 4:21 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Firefighters worked Saturday morning to quell a fire at the Rockland Solid Waste Facility.

Assistant Chief Adam Miceli said it looked as though someone had dumped hot ashes into a debris pile at the Limerock Street transfer station.

“Between the wind and all the material in there, it finally took off,” he said later that afternoon.

A transfer station worker reported the fire at 11:30 a.m., and the Rockland Fire Department responded with two engines and an ambulance. Crew members drove close to the site of the fire and extinguished the flames.

They then had an employee use a loader to move the debris pile, which was about 20 feet wide and 8 feet tall.

“They could just wet down all the hot spots and were able to knock down the fire,” Miceli said.

Among the debris were large items such as couches and mattresses.

He said the four-person crew was able to clear the scene in just under an hour, after having used 500 gallons of water. It was cold and windy, though the conditions were better than they had been earlier in the week, he said.