Restaurateur Fined for Fire

ELLSWORTH – A Bar Harbor restaurant owner was assessed a $250 fine Tuesday after entering a plea of no contest to a safety violation related to an October 2010 fire at an employee rooming house.

Tom Testa, owner of Testa’s Restaurant, had been scheduled to stand trial in Hancock County Superior Court on four counts of violating public fire safety rules. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Mr. Testa pleaded no contest to one of the charges.

The other charges were dismissed.

Eight seasonal employees of the restaurant were left homeless after the late-night fire on Roberts Square.

Violating public fire safety rules is a class E offense, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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Fenceviewer Staff

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