A recent incident at the old A.D. Gray School resulted in damage to the haunted house operated by the Waldoboro Firemen’s Association each October.
Waldoboro Firemen’s Association President and Assistant Fire Chief Bill Maxwell said a group of minors entered the former school a few weeks ago and caused damage to the haunted house on the second floor.
Maxwell said portions of the haunted house, including pre-cut cardboard walls, props, and wooden doorways, were damaged.
There was damage throughout the haunted house and Maxwell expressed frustration regarding the work necessary to fix the damage.
He said the youths also discharged at least one fire extinguisher near the ground level of the building.
“It’s nothing we can’t fix. It’s just frustrating to see this effort we do for the community damaged in this manner,” Maxwell said.
He said members of the community volunteer their time to get the haunted house up and running each Halloween and it is frustrating to see their efforts damaged in such a manner.
Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde described the incident as general mischief and said a group of kids were caught after they sneaked in and did the damage to the haunted house on the building’s second floor.
Labombarde said another group of minors was caught in the building approximately a week after the incident described above.
“Kids seem to keep getting into the building. It seems the more things we do to secure it, the more ways they find in,” Labombarde said.
He said he is concerned for the safety of those sneaking into the vacant structure.
“My concern is, if we don’t do something with the building, someone could get hurt or trapped,” Labombarde said.