Updated: Fire Marshal's Office investigates boat fire

By Beth A. Birmingham | Oct 18, 2016
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Police tape surrounds what little is left of the fishing vessel Double Trouble II in Owls Head Oct. 17. Details of the boat's destruction are being investigated by the Maine State Fire Marshall's Office.

Owls Head — The Maine State Fire Marshal's Office has classified the cause of a fire that destroyed the fishing vessel Double Trouble II over the weekend as undetermined, according to Investigator Mary McMasters Oct. 19.

Sgt. Matthew Talbot of the Maine Marine Patrol had said the Marine Patrol responded to a call early Sunday morning. "At that point, the fire did not appear to be suspicious," Talbot said, but the State Fire Marshal’s Office was on scene Oct. 17 at the Ship to Shore Wharf in Owls Head.

The 31-foot vessel belonging to Todd Nickles of Owls Head suffered an apparent mechanical problem, according to Talbot. The boat was towed to shore in Owls Head, where it remained outlined in yellow police tape until the investigation was concluded.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

Overlooking its mooring in Owls Head harbor, the fishing vessel Double Trouble II rests on shore. The Maine Fire Marshall's Office is investigating the cause of the fire that destroyed it. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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