BROOKSVILLE — A Walmart Supercenter evacuated and briefly closed early Friday after semitrailers parked behind the store caught fire, deputies said.
The store at 13300 Cortez Blvd. reopened by 8 a.m., about three hours after a deputy discovered a semitrailer truck parked behind the building on fire, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy, who was stationed in the parking lot of the store, heard an explosion about 5 a.m. and found the semitrailer truck parked at a loading docked on fire. The truck was parked between two other semitrailer trucks and the deputy helped an occupant in one of the other trucks get out safely, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Other deputies arrived and helped evacuate the store. As fire crews arrived, the blaze spread to another semitrailer truck and two empty trailers, according to Hernando County Fire Rescue.
Fire officials said the driver of the truck that first caught on fire told investigators that he had just pulled up to the loading dock and went inside the store when he heard an explosion. He came outside and saw that the trailer of his truck was on fire.
Firefighters had the fire under control by 5:36 a.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the explosion remained under investigation Friday.
“We’re grateful no customers or associates were hurt and appreciate the quick response of local firefighters,” Walmart said in a statement.