A Belfast man who served jail time for charges related to a fire at Goose River Grocery nearly two years ago dismissed a civil lawsuit he filed against his insurance company for not paying out on the policy.

Kyle Skinner, through his attorney Patrick Mellor, filed paperwork to dismiss with prejudice his lawsuit against Hanover Insurance Group. By dismissing it with prejudice, the lawsuit cannot be filed again in the future.

Mellor said in an email to The Republican Journal that Skinner and Hanover Insurance reached a settlement agreement, the terms of which are confidential.

When he initiated the lawsuit against Hanover Insurance in 2016, Skinner said the company breached a contract by failing to cover damages to Goose River Grocery, and that the company violated the state’s insurance code. He asked for unspecified damages, attorney’s fees and interest on the damages at rate of 1.5 percent per month.

In response to the lawsuit, Hanover Insurance denied Skinner’s allegations and said it wouldn’t cover damages to the business because Skinner was not the named insured on the policy, he lacked an insurable interest in the property at the time of the fire, he violated the conditions of the policy and his claim was barred by “his concealment, misrepresentation, or fraud with respect to material facts concerning, among other things, the cause of the fire and his interest in the damaged property,” according to published reports.

Skinner was in the process of purchasing the store at the time of the fire, which was reported at about 9 p.m. the evening of July 15, 2014. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in about 10 to 15 minutes but not before it gutted the interior of the building, according to published reports.

Following the fire, a joint investigation was launched by Belfast Police Department, State Fire Marshal's office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, National Insurance Crime Bureau and Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit. That investigation resulted in charges against Skinner of attempted theft by deception, arson and theft by insurance deception.

Skinner pleaded no contest to a charge of aggravated criminal mischief, a Class C felony. He also pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges of false swearing.

Charges of arson, theft by insurance deception and attempted theft by deception were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail to be followed by two years of probation.