Fire damages convenience store

Jan. 02, 2013 @ 06:44 PM

Fire damaged a convenience store Wednesday in East Durham and left a Durham firefighter with a minor injury, officials said.

Dan Curia, interim chief of the Durham Fire Department, said firefighters got the call to New York Mini Mart at 2929 Angier Ave. at 1:52 p.m.

They saw heavy flames on the right side of the one-story, brick building and smoke throughout when they arrived.

Curia said a brick wall divided the store into two parts. The section that sustained the most damage had a bed and appeared to be used for store employees to “get some rest,” he said.

Damage to the mini-mart section was minor, but the store was closed as the fire investigation continued.

Curia said investigators believe the fire started accidentally, but are “working to pinpoint the exact cause.”

A firefighter suffered a cut, but Curia said the injury is minor and won’t prevent him from returning to work.

Firefighters from six city stations were at the scene for about two hours, assisted by the Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department’s ladder truck.