ALBION — One man was killed and another was seriously injured Tuesday when the building they were working under collapsed on them. 

Three men from Kennebec Home Improvements had jacked up a camp at 120 Marden Shore Road, on Lovejoy Pond, in Albion, when “something failed” at about 9:45 a.m., Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said.

Robert Rodriquez, 52, and Linwood Hazen Stover, 55, both of Augusta, were pinned under the building; Michael Sterling, 54, of Farmingdale, called for help.

Rescue workers used extrication equipment to lift the building off the two victims. Rodriquez was pronounced dead at the scene. Stover’s injuries are likely not life threatening, McCausland said.

Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on the scene Tuesday. Safety Specialist Steven Warner wouldn’t speculate about possible causes of the accident, saying the investigation is ongoing.

The camp’s owner, Carol Churchill, said she has owned the single-story seasonal camp for about 10 years. Shoring up the foundation was to be the first step in a total renovation of the building.

She said she did not know the man who was killed, but she has known Stover, for a few months. Stover is the owner of Kennebec Home Improvements, and Churchill hired him to serve as general contractor on the project.

Stover was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Thayer Campus.

Churchill was at work in Augusta when the accident happened, but drove to the camp as soon as she was notified.

Standing amid coniferous trees near the shoreline Tuesday, Churchill said she was shaken by the incident and couldn’t bring herself to enter the camp to inspect for possible damage.

“It’s so unreal,” she said. “It’s hard to comprehend the whole situation; that someone died here.”

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