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Camden officer kicks in door in rescue attempt

Identity of Rockport motel fire victim released

By Stephen Betts | Dec 02, 2019
Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett A fire at Schooner Bay Motor Inn claimed a man's life in the early hours of Dec. 2.

Rockport — The state has identified the victim of a hire a Rockport motel.

Kevin Stanley, 53, who has been staying at the Schooner Bay Motor Inn on Route 1 for a month died in the fire, according to Maine Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

The cause of the fire is believed to have been him smoking, according to McCausland. The fire started on his mattress and he was known to be a heavy smoker.

The fire was reported about 3:30 a.m. at the Schooner Bay Motor Inn on Route 1.

Camden Police Officer Paul Thompson was one of the first responders at the scene and kicked in the door of the second-floor room, pulled the man from the room and brought him outside. The officer and another motel guest performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation but were unable to revive the man.

Occupants of the other rooms at the motel were evacuated without injury. McCausland said seven other rooms were occupied. Those people have found other lodging, he said.

The hotel had working smoke detectors which alerted other occupants.

Two adjoining rooms were heavily damaged along with the room where the man perished. The roof was also damaged and there was extensive water damage to the hotel.

Four Fire Marshal Investigators are now attempting to determine the cause of the fire.

Firefighters from Rockport, Camden, Rockland, Hope, Lincolnville and Warren responded to the fire scene.

Schooner Bay has 22 rooms and is located at 337 Commercial St. The hotel is owned by Scott Perry of Rockport and is assessed by the town at $836,000.

The motel recently was in the news when a child playing with a lighter sparked another fire on Nov. 3. There were no injuries but the fire damaged one room and drew responses from local firefighters.


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Comments (11)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Dec 04, 2019 18:37

I totally agree Ron!!!  Same with Gary.


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Dec 04, 2019 18:37


I am surprised that your posts shows no sympathy for his family and friends, really!

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Dec 04, 2019 18:36


I am surprised that your posts shows no sympathy for his family and friends, really!

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Dec 04, 2019 12:45

Sue, Please, post this as a comment  on Village soup. It may save another life. It is why I continue to participate in 12 step recovery with over 30 years sober.
I am reposting this story I wrote in September. The man that I wrote about in this story passed away in a fire this morning.

Sometimes I go to the cemetery to pray and meditate. It's a great way to start the day. Recently I set out from my home to walk to the cemetery for such a time. The weather was perfect, sunny, bright with a touch of fall in the air. As I entered the gate, to walk up the hill, I spotted someone laying on the ground, head to stone, as if preparing for the final moments without the earth being moved. I continued to walk in the direction, mostly wanting to know that the person was ok. I walked the narrow road to the grassy knoll, littered with the monuments of lives gone before. As I drew closer I could see that it was a man, with all his gear (backpack, box of chicken and a book.) When he turned, I saw that he was a friend that I encountered. He was a friend. He was on the phone, but quickly said goodbye, and hung up, to speak to me. He was noticeably intoxicated, which was confirmed by the empty bottle of vodka stashed, half out of view by the blanket draped over the monument he slept in front of the night before. As soon as I saw it was him, I greeted him warmly. His slurred words further confirmed my thoughts. I stood as we talked. Wanting to be on his level, I sat beside him. He be
gan talking about all he had lost-his house, and relationships. There was hope mixed with the despair. "I'm just waiting on so and so to figure out housing." (When there was a pause, I shared the hope I have. I shared my faith. It isn't in rocks or dead gods. My faith is in The Rock, the living God!) He began restating his life, "I go to AA." "I am trying." "I feel so good after AA." By this time tears are running down his face, like all his hope was gone. He was saying in essence that it was a vicious cycle, a habit. Drink....sober up....AA....feel good...Drink.....sober up.....AA....feel good......... He said he had some places to go. So I encouraged him and moved to my spot in the cemetery. After I prayed and meditated, it dawned on me how alike the homeless man and I are. I too go to the places to get better or find rest and hope, whether approaching God thru my meditations and prayer or church or whatever. I come aaway feeling great and the next minute I find myself in a place that is not where I wanted to end up. I am no different than the homeless drunkard. I just have someone who when I call upon him, meets me where I'm at to pull me up out of the grave that I dug myself into.  SUSAN TEAGUE CRAFT

Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | Dec 04, 2019 12:09

Heidi, to your comment "Do you jump off a bridge because you can!" unfortunately the answer to that is yes, some folks indeed do that. So please off your high horse for just a bit, your assumption the establishment had to know is ridiculous.

Posted by: Heidi Ruth Locke | Dec 04, 2019 07:00

Hardly heartless! If he wasn’t smoking he would still be alive wouldn’t he??

No smoking in a hotel means just that!! Why is it okay to smoke when you are not suppose to? Do you jump off a bridge because you can!

Yes, the establishment must have known he smoked-after a month long stay? That is negligence.



Posted by: Bill Packard | Dec 03, 2019 18:07

Sure. Blame the business with absolutely no facts.  Who would be up at 3 am monitoring whether or not someone was smoking in the room. And the previous fire was not abuse, it was a child with a lighter that had nothing to do with the establishment. What a heartless comment to post.

Posted by: Ron Pendleton | Dec 03, 2019 09:33

RIP Kevin. Hard to believe someone could leave such an ignorant comment regarding someone's death as Heidi did.

Posted by: Heidi Ruth Locke | Dec 03, 2019 05:43

Gee, I didn’t think you were suppose to smoke in a hotel! At least all hotels I stay at have a no-smoking policy- $250.00 fine per day!

After previous fire abuse at the Schooner Inn, you would think they would be more vigilant against smoking in their establishment! It was reported that the victim was a known chain smoker, he had been there 1 month-ridiculous. Negligence on the the hotel management! Why was he still smoking?

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Dec 02, 2019 15:31

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Posted by: Gary Born | Dec 02, 2019 10:25

Were the smoke detectors and sprinkler systems working properly?

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