Fire engulfs convenience store in downtown Hartland

Posted Nov. 18, 2011, at 2:35 p.m.

HARTLAND, Maine — An early-morning fire engulfed a downtown Hartland convenience store Friday, and the state fire marshal’s office is investigating.

Sgt. Ken Grimes of the fire marshal’s office said crews were called to Nettie’s at about 3 a.m. The building also contains three apartments on the second floor, all of which had two occupants in them.

Grimes said that all six tenants got out safely, but two cats died in the fire.

The store has a video surveillance camera, which should aid authorities in the investigation.

“We certainly want to examine all that we can before we make a determination,” Grimes said.

Grimes added that there is no evidence of a burglary at the store prior to the blaze.

The building suffered massive smoke damage and Grimes said that it could be a few days before the fire marshal’s office determines a cause.