ROCKPORT – The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office said a fire at the Schooner Bay Inn killed 53-year-old Kevin Stanley Monday morning. They also believe they know what caused the deadly fire at the motel.
Alyssa Carey, who has been living at the motel in Rockport for a little more than a month, said she heard the fire alarms around 2:30 a.m. on Monday.
“I went through to all the bottom doors, ran through, knocked them all, told everybody to get out,” said Carey.
She said a police officer kicked open the door to Stanley’s room and pulled him out.
“He couldn’t tell if he was breathing, so I put my cheek up to his mouth and I could feel warm air or what I thought was warm air. So I started doing CPR,” Carey said.
Carey said she did what she could to help that officer.
“The police officer looked at me and said — he thought he was pretty sure he was dead,” said Carey.
Officials said Stanley was a heavy smoker and smoking is likely the cause.
They said the fire began in his room on his mattress.
Sgt. Joel Davis with the State Fire Marshal’s office said there were about 10 people staying in the motel. He said no one else was hurt but at this time the building isn’t habitable.
“There’s only a few units that actually suffered any fire damage … It’s basically going to be a clean-up process and getting power restored to the rest of the building,” said Davis.
The Red Cross has been contacted to help the displaced residents.
An employee at the motel who didn’t want to go on camera said this is the second fire there within the last month.