Static Electricity Sparks Fire
at Hinckley Fiberglass Shop
December 16, 2003
TRENTON ME.- Static electricity may have been the cause of a
late-morning fire in the fiberglass shop at the Hinckley Co. jet-boat
production facility. Firefighters were called to the facility shortly
The shop, measuring some 60 feet by
100 feet, is just one of several large metal buildings owned by
Hinckley in the Trenton Industrial Park. An estimated 400 people
build the famed Hinckley jet-powered boats and yachts at the facility,
which was built in 1997.
Fire officials think static electricity,
created when plastic was pulled off the hull of a boat, sparked
the fire. The company said later the cause remains under investigation.
One employee was taken to a hospital
for smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported, according
to Fire Chief Kelton Muise.
The building was damaged mostly by
the smoke from the fire and not from flames, Muise said.
Sandy Spaulding, president of Hinckley
Yachts, said the facility will shut down until Monday while crews
clean up after the incident.
"Now we want to be sure that we
clean everything up properly and get everything in order before
our employees return to work so that we can provide a safe workplace,"
The Hinckley Company founded in 1928 originally built wooden workboats,
but today enjoys being the pre-emiment builder of sail and powerboat
in the U.S.