Investigators say Grand Isle restaurant fire was arson

Posted March 27, 2012, at 4:35 p.m.
Last modified March 27, 2012, at 5:33 p.m.
Firefighters from multiple communities work Thursday morning, March 15, 2012, to extinguish a blaze at Cravings restaurant in Grand Isle. A neighbor across the road said he noticed smoke sometime before 9 a.m. and called 911. Despite firefighters' efforts, the structure was a total loss.   
Don Eno | St. John Valley TImes
Firefighters from multiple communities work Thursday morning, March 15, 2012, to extinguish a blaze at Cravings restaurant in Grand Isle. A neighbor across the road said he noticed smoke sometime before 9 a.m. and called 911. Despite firefighters' efforts, the structure was a total loss.  

GRAND ISLE, Maine — Officials with the state fire marshal’s office said Tuesday that arson was the cause of a fire that gutted a Main Street restaurant on March 15.

No arrests connected to the fire at Cravings Restaurant have been made, according to investigator Tim Lowell.

The restaurant was a total loss after a fire destroyed the structure just before 8:30 a.m.

Fire Chief Gary Campbell said firefighters believed that the fire started in the cellar, but they called in an investigator to determine the exact cause.

Campbell said a neighbor reported the fire after seeing smoke billowing from the building. Firefighters from Van Buren and St. Leonard, New Brunswick, joined their counterparts from Grand Isle to help extinguish the blaze at the restaurant, which Campbell said was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

The chief said the owner, Lee Beaulieu, had remodeled the business after he bought it a few years ago because it had caught fire under a previous owner.

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