A Coast Guard motor life boat responded to a fire on the Bar Harbor ferry terminal pier to assist the Bar Harbor, Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor Fire Departments. PHOTO COURTESY OF JACK MARTEL

Flames damage pier

BAR HARBOR — The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of a fire Tuesday morning on the end of the pier at the former international ferry terminal, Bar Harbor Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said. No injuries were reported, but the pier sustained significant fire damage.

The fire was reported by staff at the neighboring Atlantic Oceanside Hotel at 3:40 a.m. Wooden decking, pylons and supports were burning.

There is electricity running down to a light pole on the pier, but firefighters switched it off when they arrived.

“We were able to get hand lines [hoses] out to the end and knock down the bulk of the fire,” Bartlett said. He said the pier itself was in “no condition” to send firefighters out on it.

Some of the wooden pylons also were on fire, but were out of reach of their hoses. The Coast Guard sent a boat and crew from Southwest Harbor to attack the fire from the water side.

Firefighters worked until after 8 a.m., Bartlett said. They headed back to the station but returned over the course of the morning to put more water on the pier when the fire flared up again.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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