Bath fire caused by boat winterization accident

Posted Sept. 07, 2012, at 7:19 p.m.

BATH, Maine — A garage and the boat it contained have been destroyed after a fire in this midcoast community.

Bath Fire Department went to the large garage fire just after 2 p.m. Friday at 17 Dummer Street Court, according to Fire Chief Stephen Hinds.

The fire was caused by the homeowner’s boat winterization efforts, which included draining the vessel’s fluids and gasoline, the chief said. The gasoline apparently was ignited by a spark, the origin of which was unclear Friday.

The 20- to 22-foot boat was considered a total loss, as was the garage, an attached shed and a garden tractor the chief described as in good condition. Hinds would not speculate on a total amount of damage until he was able to see an insurance statement.

Bath Fire Department reportedly was quick to respond to the fire — crews were conducting routine fire-detector tests on nearby Somerset Place when they saw smoke in the sky.