The state fire marshal is investigating a three-alarm fire in a landmark antiques store on Jerusalem Road in Cohasset, officials said.
The blaze broke out at 12:47 p.m. Wednesday and engulfed the building, said a Cohasset fire dispatcher. The building housed the Reflections Antique Emporium, said the fire marshal’s spokeswoman, Jennifer Mieth.
For several hours, firefighters battled the blaze from outside because of heavy smoke and flames. The fire was extinguished by 3 p.m., Mieth said.
The Cohasset police and fire departments responded to the scene, a police dispatcher said.
Allegra Sedney, who said she has worked at the store for 12 years, said she smelled fumes coming from the building’s furnace when she opened the store Wednesday morning.
Sedney, 48, said she immediately called the furnace company and shut off the heat. About two hours later, an oil pipe near the furnace burst into flames, she said.
“I just ran out of the store,” she said by phone. “It was the only thing I could do.”
Sedney said she was the only one in the building at the time. She was not injured.
The 20-year-old store sold old furniture and books, among other things, Sedney said. “We had such beautiful stuff. And now it’s all gone.”Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera