Fire forces evacuation, closure of Brooksville Walmart

BROOKSVILLE — The Walmart Supercenter on Broad Street was evacuated and temporarily closed Tuesday morning after a fire broke out in a supply area.

Firefighters responded about 9:20 a.m. to the store at 7305 Broad St. and found heavy smoke coming from a storage area at the back of the store, said Brooksville Fire Chief Tim Mossgrove. A storage rack on fire had activated the overhead sprinklers, Mossgrove said. Crews from Brooksville and Hernando County Fire Rescue extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes. No injuries were reported, and the damage was limited to the storage area, Mossgrove said. The state fire marshal on Tuesday was investigating the cause. Officials are focusing on a floor buffer stored in that area, Mossgrove said. A Walmart spokeswoman said the store is expected to reopen today.

Fire forces evacuation, closure of Brooksville Walmart 02/11/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:32pm]

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