Investigation underway after fire at Belfast event venue

Published: Jul. 29, 2023 at 8:41 AM EDT
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BELFAST, Maine (WABI) - Fire destroyed Wentworth Event Center on Searsport Avenue in Belfast.

The Belfast Fire Department says crews were called around 11:30 p.m. Friday, and by the time they got there the fire had been burning for a while.

The Morrill Volunteer Fire Department says the fire had “too much of a head start” for responders to be able to save the building.

No word on if anyone was inside at the time, or if anyone was hurt.

A spokesperson for the state fire marshal’s office says it is an active investigation.

On Saturday afternoon, the Wentworth Event Center posted on Facebook thanking everyone for the support.

They say they want the community to remember the event center as a happy, fun place full of smiling people.

This is how we want the community to remember the event center, happy, fun and full of smiling people! So many...

Posted by Wentworth Event Center on Saturday, July 29, 2023

According to online records, the property is currently listed for sale.

First arriving units from Belfast, Searsport, Belmont and Morrill. Laying and charging hose lines for an early morning fire at the Wentworth Event Center. Unfortunately, the fire had too much of a head start. Great teamwork between all departments.

Posted by Morrill Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, July 29, 2023