Maine News

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Sawdust catches fire outside Rockland house

The homeowners at 86 Mechanic Street weren’t home Tuesday night, but fortunately, their neighbors were. The owners had been staying in a hotel for the night while their freshly refinished floors dried when, at approximately 9 p.m., July 16, 2024, neighbors became aware of a burning smell in the area and started to investigate. They looked next door and found trash bags on fire in the next driveway, with flames starting to climb up a corner of the vinyl siding. The bags were filled mostly with sawdust, but contained some other materials involved in refinishing floors – thinner and rags. “Anytime you’ve got sawdust and anything else that’s going to build up heat, that’s a pretty dangerous mix,” said Rockland Fire Chief Chris Whytock. The day’s temperatures reached the upper 80's in the area before cooling back down significantly.
PenBay Pilot

Storms bring lightning, damage to Maine with more on the horizon

Several strong, even severe, storms moved through Maine Tuesday evening, bringing heavy rain, strong, gusty winds and a lot of lightning. Some areas also saw downed trees and power lines, causing thousands of customers to lose power. A few hundred customers were still without power on Wednesday morning, mainly in York County, especially in Lebanon. Goodwins Mills Fire-Rescue said several trees came down on South Waterboro Road, landing on power lines. They also responded to a tree down on Alfred Road. Maine's Total Weather says more storms are possible on Wednesday. There was severe damage in parts of southern and central New Hampshire, including Milford and Keene. Strong winds toppled trees and power lines, causing some to evacuate from homes deemed unsafe.
WMTW-TV ABC 8 Poland Spring

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Driver rescued after SUV gets stuck on Rockport mountain bike trail

PHOTOS: Crews rescued the driver of an SUV after they drove down a mountain bike trail in Rockport and got stuck. The Rockport Fire Department says they got a call around 6 p.m. on Sunday from the driver of a Toyota RAV 4 who was lost and stuck on the Round the Mountain Trail somewhere in Rockport near Route 17. Officials say they were able to determine the driver’s location was behind Ragged Mountain and Mirror Lake on the mountain bike trail. Crews found the SUV stuck on a 6-foot-wide bridge about 2.5 miles down the trail. The driver was not hurt. Officials say crews used a UTV to get the driver out of the woods. Officials say crews used a tractor, impact guns, jacks, chains, and a lot of manpower to remove the heavily damaged SUV from the trail. The process took two-and-a-half hours to complete.
WGME-TV CBS 13 Portland

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