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Whole Foods at Countryside Mall in Clearwater re-opens after fire

A fire in the vent system filled the store with smoke. Fire crews extinguished the fire, but it was closed Thursday morning.
The Whole Foods store at the Countryside Mall in Clearwater was closed Thursday morning after a fire in the vent system filled the store with smoke, Clearwater Fire & Rescue reported.
The Whole Foods store at the Countryside Mall in Clearwater was closed Thursday morning after a fire in the vent system filled the store with smoke, Clearwater Fire & Rescue reported.
Published Jun. 30|Updated Jul. 1

The Whole Foods store at the Countryside Mall in Clearwater has re-opened after a fire caused the store to fill with smoke and close on Thursday.

An employee who answered the phone at the store Friday morning said it was now open. A manager declined to comment further.

The store was closed Thursday morning after a fire in the vent system filled the store with smoke, Clearwater Fire & Rescue reported.

Fire crews were called to the store at 270001 U.S. 19 N. just after 8 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters got into the vent system and extinguished the fire, a news release states.

No one was injured.

The mall said in a Facebook post that it opened at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Times Staff Writer Natalie Weber contributed to this report.

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