Ducktrap building damaged by fire

By Ethan Andrews | Dec 28, 2017
Courtesy of: Belfast Police Department

Belfast — A fire Dec. 28 at a Business Park building recently acquired by Ducktrap River of Maine caused some damage, but not enough to significantly slow down the smoked seafood processor's expansion.

Ducktrap General Manager Don Cynewski said the fire started as a result of welding being done on a small addition to the front of building.

"Apparently the flame got through the outside of the wall and into the insulation," he said.

Cynewski said that section of wall and the roof in the immediate vicinity of the fire probably will have to be replaced. Of larger concern, he said, is the amount of smoke damage to offices and an employee break room in the front section of the building.

A large warehouse space in the rear of the building, once used to make chemical resistant suits for the U.S. military, was mostly unaffected by the fire, Cynewski said. That section of the building is being converted for the same type of fish and seafood processing being done in Ducktrap's main facility next door.

Ducktrap purchased the building in July 2017 from Group Home Foundation and renovations started in October 2017. Cynewski anticipated starting production in the new building June 1.

Cynewski didn't anticipate a major setback from the fire, but he noted that the original opening date had been pushed back from February to June because of unrelated delays in the construction timeline.

Ducktrap River of Maine is owned by Marine Harvest, a multinational seafood company based in Norway. The facility in Belfast has undergone several expansions in recent years and now employs 130 people. Cynewski anticipated the expansion would allow the company to double its current production.


(Courtesy of: Belfast Police Department)
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