Officials probe Camden construction site fire

By George Chappell,
Posted Dec. 26, 2008, at 9:39 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — The investigation into Tuesday’s building project fire scene at Bay View Landing is expected to continue to Monday, Sgt. Ken Grimes of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said Friday.

Investigators were dispatched to the Bay View Landing construction site Wednesday and spent the day sifting through ashes and debris, Fire Chief Christopher Farley said.

The fire was reported at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday and destroyed a building that was under construction to house a restaurant and an inn. Firefighters arrived within minutes and aid came from Rockland, Rockport, Lincolnville and Hope fire units.

“I think we’re going to find that the fire marshal will call the fire accidental,” Farley said.

Grimes said, however, that “until we know the exact sequence of events we cannot come up with an exact cause.”

The wooden-frame structure was adjacent to the town landing in the center of the downtown business district. The construction has been under way for about three months. It was to house a 150-seat restaurant on the first floor and a 10-room inn on the second floor.

Owner Stuart Smith told Farley that he intended to begin rebuilding as soon as possible.

Farley said the rebuilding work could begin as soon as the fire marshal and insurance inspectors complete their investigations.

According to the code enforcement office, the building permit issued for the structure had a value of $600,000.

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