Fire marshal investigates blaze that destroyed lobsterboat
Waldoboro — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fire that destroyed a lobsterboat late Thursday night, June 21.
The Waldoboro Fire Department was notified at 10:07 p.m. that a building near a residence on Friendship Road was on fire, said Assistant Fire Chief William Maxwell.
When crews arrived, they discovered that a 36-foot Wayne Beal lobsterboat was on fire. The fiberglass boat was destroyed in the fire, Maxwell said.
“It was one big blaze inside that building,” Maxwell said.
Maxwell noted that there was not much else of value (such as tools) in the boat building, which he described as a 65-by-40-foot metal Quonset hut. The property is near the Waldoboro-Friendship town line. The property owner is Donald Simmons Jr., and the owner of the boat is Daniel Reed Jr.
Maxwell said the fire gave off a lot of heat and gasses. He said firefighters, wearing breathing apparatuses, used foam and water to knock down the fire. About 35-40 firefighters were on scene; Maxwell said he was there until 2:37 a.m.
On the morning of Friday, June 22, Maxwell returned to the scene with the fire marshal investigator. Maxwell said a fire truck had to return to put water on rekindled hot spots.
The fire did not spread to the residence. The fire did go into a small part of the woods.
Friendship, Nobleboro and Warren firefighters responded with mutual aid. Water was taken by crews at the pond at the Friendship Fire Station. The Jefferson Fire Department covered the Waldoboro station.
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