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Apr 29, 2015 7:15 PM

Fire destroys landmark Maine waterfront hotel

The Associated Press

OGUNQUIT, Maine — Investigators say structural damage is hampering an investigation into a wind-swept fire that destroyed a waterfront hotel and an adjacent restaurant.

But Sgt. Ken Grimes of the state fire marshal's office told the Portland Press Herald on Wednesday that investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen, where electricity was routed into the building. Fire Chief Mark O'Brien said the both the Blue Water Inn and Huckleberry's Restaurant were total losses.

The seven-room Blue Water Inn was a bed and breakfast that also had a restaurant and beach bar. It was due to open this weekend.

Firefighters said strong winds fanned the flames Tuesday night. O'Brien called the blaze one of the worst he could remember since the 1980s. Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation.


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