A family-owned supermarket in Wolfeboro was reduced to rubble by fire Monday night.

The fire at Hunter's Shop 'n Save supermarket on Main Street in Wolfeboro was first called in around 9:15 p.m. Video shows thick black smoke pouring from the building as firefighters from several towns fought the blaze.

A picture from the scene at daybreak show a pile of rubble where the store stood.

Wolfeboro Fire Chief Thomas Zotti no one was in the building when the fire started, and no one was injured. He said the fire was contained to the original building.

Fire at Hunter's IGA supermarket in Wolfeboro 1/16/23
Fire at Hunter's IGA supermarket in Wolfeboro 1/16/23 (Tommy Charles Jr)

Rallying Around a Community Staple

Members of the Wolfeboro community are already working to help Hunters get back in business and to help its employees.

"Our thoughts go out to everyone impacted and to our larger community. This is a tragedy for our little town of massive proportions," Wolfeboro based Lucas Roasting Company wrote on their Twitter account.

Resident Jack St Sauveur created a GoFundMe page to assist workers at Hunter's, although the status of the store and their jobs are not known.

Salon Allure will donate 10% of all services Tuesday to the fund, along with 20% of all retail sales.

The Poor People's Pub is offering Hunter's employees free meals for the month of January.

Photos courtesy of Tommy Charles Jr.

This is a developing story. Check back for additional details.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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