Belfast grocery store fire determined to be arson, police say

Posted Aug. 06, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Police said Wednesday that the fire that gutted the Goose River Grocery on Swan Lake Avenue on July 15 was intentionally set, and they are investigating the arson along with the Maine fire marshal’s office.

According to a news release from the Belfast Police Department, officials are asking for help from the public, who can share information anonymously if they choose.

Efforts to reach owners Kyle and Helen Skinner Wednesday afternoon were unsuccessful. The couple had bought the small grocery store in April, and Kyle Skinner told the BDN at the end of July that they were planning to move forward with cleaning up and rebuilding the store, which was insured.

“I don’t have any dollar amounts or anything like that about rebuilding,” Skinner said then. “We’re doing all right. Of course, we’re sick about it. Life’s got to go on. We just keep going, doing the things we’ve got to do.”

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Belfast Fire Chief Jim Richards said the morning after the fire that it appeared to have started in the store’s kitchen.

To share information about the fire, please call Belfast police at 338-2420.

 

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