At 5:06 am on Monday, March 13th, Rochester Public Safety Dispatch received a report of a building fire at 54 Tonka Street. Engine 4, Truck 6, Engine 5, and Tanker 7 arrived on scene to find a mobile home approximately 50% involved, with fire through the roof.
The occupants had safely evacuated the building prior to arrival and were assisted by Rochester Police until Frisbie EMS arrived.
Rochester Firefighters operated three hose lines to extinguish the fire. Due to a lack of fire hydrants in the area, water tankers and engines were used to shuttle water to the scene. According to Firefighters, the bulk of the fire was knocked down in twenty minutes, but it took roughly three hours to fully extinguish.
Rochester Fire was assisted by Frisbie EMS, Rochester Police, Somersworth Fire, Dover Fire, Milton Fire, Barrington Fire, Berwick Fire, and Lebanon Maine Fire. Sanford Maine Fire, Lee Fire, Wakefield Fire and off-duty Rochester Firefighters provided station coverage.
The Rochester Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire.