NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — A fire that broke out at a Northborough liquor store late Monday night caused significant damage to stock, according to the Northborough Fire Department.
Customers were still shopping at Reliance Beer and Wine on 293 West Main St. when a smoke alarm went off at 8:45 p.m., alerting them to smoke coming from the back room.
"They were unaware of the fire condition," said Northborough Fire Chief David Durgin.
Durgin said that the fire started in the cooler area, located in the rear of the building. Firefighters were able put out the flames in about 15 minutes, preventing major structural damage. Firefighters from Southborough, Shrewsbury, Westborough and Boylston assisted in the effort.
Durgin said the store suffered "substantial smoke damage" and a significant amount of merchandise was lost, though he was unable to give a dollar figure.
The store’s owner, Nakula Patel, said Tuesday that, despite the damage to his stock, he did not believe he would have to close.
"It should not be a major issue," Patel said.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Durgin has requested that the state fire marshal participate in the investigation.