Jimmy’s Market in Bingham, which closed Wednesday after a fire in a construction area, reopened later that night with minimal damage to the store and the products in it, the owner said Thursday.

The market — the only grocery store in Bingham — was evacuated around 11 a.m. Wednesday after a spark from a cutting torch ignited foam insulation in a construction area, according to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

No injuries were reported, but the store remained closed for about six hours Wednesday.

“It really wasn’t that bad,” store owner Todd West said. “Luckily we got it out very quickly.”

A state inspector visited the store Thursday, and while some food and other products had to be thrown out because of water damage, the estimated cost of the damage “could have been a lot worse,” West said.

Most of the damage to the building was in a construction area where an addition is being built, he said. “There was some little stuff that we lost,” he said. “A lot of the insulation that was damaged, though, was coming out anyway. Structurally, there was no damage to the building.”


The market is independently owned but sells Hannaford brand products, according to the store’s website. The addition is scheduled to be finished by April or May, according to West.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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