Tremont restaurant destroyed by Wednesday night fire

Posted Dec. 05, 2013, at 3:16 p.m.

TREMONT, Maine — The restaurant Cap’n Nemos, which looked like a lighthouse and served burgers and seafood, burned to the ground Wednesday night.

Though the owners of the restaurant, who lived in the lighthouse portion of the building, were home when the fire broke out, they were able to get out, according to Tremont Fire Chief Keith Higgins. No one was injured, he added.

Fire marshals, who were on the scene Wednesday night and again Thursday, have not yet determined the cause of the fire, though they are certain it was accidental, Higgins said.

The fire in the Tremont village of Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island was reported just before 8 p.m, Higgins said. All the fire departments on Mount Desert Island and the fire departments from Trenton, Hancock and Lamoine responded to the call.

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The building collapsed in on itself a couple hours after the call came in, but Higgins and his crew remained on the scene until 7 a.m. Thursday morning to make sure all the structures in the area were safe. Besides the restaurant, an old wooden lobster boat, which was near the building that burned down, was the only other structure that was badly damaged, Higgins said.

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