Three arrested for 2012 boathouse fire

Jun 20, 2014

Waldoboro — The State Fire Marshal’s Office arrested three men June 20 in connection with a 2012 fire that destroyed a boathouse and a lobster boat.

Charged are James Simmons, 39, of Friendship, Frederick Campbell, 30, of Friendship; and Jeffrey Luce, 36, of Whitefield. Luce was already at Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset on unrelated charges. Simmons and Campbell were arrested without incident in Rockland and transported by fire marshal investigators to the Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset. Bail for Simmons and Campbell was set at $50,000 each.

On June 21, 2012, at about 10 p.m., a structure fire was reported to the Waldoboro Fire Department, at 3600 Friendship Road. The fire involved a large Quonset hut boathouse, owned by Donald Simmons, a lobster fisherman. Stored inside the boathouse was a 36-foot Wayne Beal fiberglass lobster boat, owned by Danny Reed Jr. of Friendship.

Both the boathouse and the lobster boat were destroyed in the fire. Damage estimates reached $200,000. No one was injured.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office conducted a scene examination and determined the cause of the fire was arson. For almost two years fire marshal investigators and Maine Marine Patrol conducted dozens of interviews, served a number of search warrants, and collected evidence.

Also assisting in the investigation were Maine State Police, Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Waldoboro Fire Department, Friendship Fire Department, Waldoboro Police Department, Rockland Police Department, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Maine Warden Service, and the FBI.

Last week, the Fire Marshal’s Office and Maine Marine Patrol presented the case to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, which authorized three arrests.

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