Crews fight fire at East Boothbay shipyard

Posted March 17, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
Last modified March 17, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine — A fire in the ventilation system at the Washburn & Doughty shipyard Monday afternoon drew firefighters from several neighboring towns.

The fire was reported just after 4 p.m. Crews were still at the scene at 4:30 p.m., according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Boothbay Harbor Fire Chief Dickie Spofford said that although the fire set off the shipyard’s sprinkler system, the sprinklers could not fully reach the inside of a roughly 7-by-12-foot chute.

Firefighters took the chute apart and finished the job, preventing the fire from spreading farther, he said. Crews from Boothbay Harbor, Southport and Edgecomb were at the scene for about an hour and a half.

Spofford said the fire won’t result in a shutdown of the shipyard. A dollar estimate for damage was not immediately available.

BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.