WINTHROP, Maine — A wood stove is the suspected cause of a fire at a bait shop in central Maine on its opening day of business.
Patrick Lunt said he stoked up the wood stove just before 5 a.m. Saturday inside The Bait Store, a shop on Route 202 next to Lunt’s house where he planned to sell bait to ice fishermen.
When he returned to the shop a short time later, his business was in flames.
Lunt told WCSH-TV that besides the building, his losses included 600 dozen smelts, shiners and other bait fish.
Officials said the fire is under investigation, but that the wood stove is the suspected cause.