Fire departments from four Lincoln County towns have cleared the scene of a fire at the Washburn & Doughty shipyard in East Boothbay. A fire that started in the ventilation system at approximately 5:30 p.m. was controlled in about 45 minutes, according to Boothbay Fire Chief Richard Spofford. Damage from the flames was restricted to the area around the ventilation system, and was not considered major, according to Spofford. No injuries were reported.
The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined, according to Spofford, who added that the fire has already been ruled accidental and not suspicious. Washburn & Doughty will conduct their own investigation into the incident, and the Fire Marshall’s Office is not involved at this time, Spofford said.
Washburn & Doughty was ravaged by a massive fire in 2008, destroying the building. The facility has since been rebuilt.
Fire departments from Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Southport and Edgecomb responded to the scene, along with deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
The Lincoln County News is continuing to gather information on this incident and a full report will published in the next issues of the e-edition and print edition.