JONESPORT, Maine — A Jonesport boat shop and two boats that were in various stages of construction were destroyed by fire Wednesday night.
Representatives of the state fire marshal’s office were en route to the scene Thursday to investigate the blaze at Wayne Beal’s Boat Shop Inc. on Indian River Road, according to Jonesport Fire Chief Boyd Crowley.
“It was fully involved [in flames] when we got there,” said Crowley, describing the sight when firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 7:30 p.m Wednesday. The boat shop is a steel building about 60 feet by 80 feet, he estimated.
It took firefighters about an hour to bring the flames under control, according to Crowley. They were hampered by fiberglass resin, used to build and repair boats, which is flammable and helped fuel the fire.
“It was basically because there was so much resin in there, it was hard to get a handle on it for a while,” said Crowley.
He was not able to determine where the fire originated, said Crowley. “We haven’t been able to get back inside,” he said, because the structure is not stable.
The building, a 40-foot boat, and another vessel under construction all were a total loss, he said. No injuries were reported.
The business, which builds and repairs boats, also stores boats outside, but none of those vessels was damaged.
The fire was reported about 7:30 p.m. About 30 firefighters from Jonesport, Addison, Columbia, Columbia Falls and Jonesboro responded.
Two pump trucks had issues with water freezing near the end of the effort and had to be returned to the fire station in order to be thawed out, but otherwise the cold temperatures did not hamper firefighters, according to Crowley.
Firefighters went back to the scene throughout the early morning to check on the scene periodically, he said.