3 lobstermen charged in connection with boat house fire


(NEWS CENTER) -- The State Fire Marshal's Office arrested three men in connection with a fire two years ago that destroyed a boat house and a lobster boat inside .

On June 21, 2012, about 10 p.m., a structure fire was reported to the Waldoboro Fire Department, at 3600 Friendship Road. The fire involved a large Quonset hut boathouse; owned by Donald Simmons, a lobster fisherman. Stored inside the boathouse was a 36 foot Wayne Beal fiberglass lobster boat; owned by Danny Reed Jr. of Friendship. Both the boathouse and the lobster boat were destroyed in the fire. Damage estimates reached $200,000. No one was injured.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office determined the cause of the fire was arson. For almost two years; Fire Marshal Investigators and the Maine Marine Patrol, conducted dozens of interviews, served a number of search warrants, and collected evidence.

Last week, the Fire Marshal's Office and Maine Marine Patrol presented the case to the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, which authorized three arrests. Charged Friday were James Simmons, 39, of Friendship; Frederick Campbell, 30, of Friendship; and Jeffrey Luce, 36, of Whitefield. Luce was currently in Two Bridges Jail on unrelated charges. Simmons and Campbell were arrested without incident in Rockland and transported by Fire Marshal Investigators to the Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset.

Bail for Simmons and Campbell was set at $50,000 each.


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