Frankie's Garage files legal notice over fireMay file legal action for $400,000
Owls Head — The owner of Frankie's Garage has put the town on official notice that he may file a lawsuit for $400,000, claiming the town fire department could have done more to stop a fire at the garage.
The notice of claim was filed Aug. 8 with the town of Owls Head. Notice is required before a party can sue a government entity, but it is not a lawsuit itself.
In it, Cecil Fogg, owner of Frankie's on Weskeag Road, argues the fire department and Fire Chief Frank Ross were negligent in dealing with the fire that destroyed the garage Feb. 10, 2013.
"The fire was contained to an oil burner at the time of the initial response but the actions of Frank Ross and other town responders allowed the fire to grow, consume and eventually destroy the business and personal property of the claimants," the document states.
Attorney Darby Urey of Strout & Payson in Rockland is representing Fogg.
In a letter to the newspaper, Ross defended the firefighters' actions that day, arguing a shortage of water was a problem.
"We knew that if there were ever a fire at the garage, water was going to be a problem," Ross said. "Even on the best day, there is a shortage of the kind of water supply needed for a large open building like that with tires, oils and other flammables in it."
In addition, Ross indicated there was a concern for the safety of firefighters going into the burning building.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.
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