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 when the building fell from the jacks at about 9:45 a.m., Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said.

Robert Rodriques, 52, of Augusta, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Linwood Stover, 55, also of Augusta, was hurt, but his injuries are likely not life-threatening, McCausland said.

Both men were pinned under the building when it collapsed. Michael Sterling, 54, of Farmingdale, called for help.

Rescue workers used extrication equipment to lift the building off the two victims.


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 Rodriques, 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.


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