Vassalboro coffee shop burns

VASSALBORO
-- A coffee shop that made itself known for being a topless cafe is
still smoldering this morning after a fire that started sometime around
1 a.m.

A
dispatcher at the Kennebec County Communications Center said
firefighters and fire investigators are still at the Grand View Topless
Coffee Shop on Route 3 putting out hot spots and pouring water on flare
ups.

The building sustained heavy damage and was
nearly destroyed. And because firefighters have not been able to enter
the building yet, there is no word on a cause.

The shop, though,
has been no stranger to the news when it became Vassalboro's topless
coffee shop in February. And owner Donald Crabtree had more plans for
his business.

Just last night, Crabtree met with members of the Vassalboro Planning Board for a
pre-application meeting
to add music and dancing to the topless coffee service.

Crabtree,
who lives on the property where the coffee shop is located, told News 8
WMTW, which is on scene, that he did not have insurance on the property.