Vinalhaven fisherman loses workshop to fire

Posted March 24, 2009, at 9:26 p.m.

VINALHAVEN, Maine — Despite their efforts, the island community’s volunteer firefighting crew was unable Monday night to save a two-story wooden workshop, authorities said Tuesday.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Ivan Olson, a fisherman noticed that his workshop was on fire at 6:30 p.m. and reported it to the department. Twenty-four firefighters fought the blaze at Jason Hamilton’s workshop, but the building was a “total loss,” Olson said.

Fortunately, the 20- to 25-mph winds were blowing away from Hamilton’s home and other buildings, which were spared. No one was hurt in the fire, Olson said, and he wasn’t sure how it started.

“All the members did an amazing job,” he said of his firefighting crew.