ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland woman whose home was heavily damaged Tuesday night by a fast-moving fire was listed in stable condition at a local hospital Wednesday morning.
Elizabeth Cole was found outside her 29 James St. residence and flames were shooting out the windows when police and firefighters arrived shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Cole had soot on her face but was able to walk, assisted by emergency personnel. Cole was in stable condition at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, a nursing supervisor said Wednesday morning.
The house was heavily damaged but Fire Chief Christopher Whytock said fire damage was largely contained to the downstairs living room. There also was some smoke and water damage.
Whytock said firefighters from additional departments initially were called in because crews were concerned there might be others in the house. Firefighters soon determined that was not the case, however, and they quickly put the fire out. Rockland crews were rolling up fire hoses and collecting equipment shortly after 11 p.m.
Rockland police detectives and an investigator from the state fire marshal’s office were on the scene Tuesday night and the chief said he expected their findings to be released later Wednesday.
The home, listed by city assessment records as owned by Elizabeth and Herbert Cole since 1991, is a two-story house assessed at $103,800.