LARGO — A fire this week at a Walmart Supercenter caused an estimated $30 to $50 million in damage, including the loss of about $1.5 million a week in lost revenue while the store is closed, fire officials said Thursday.
The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon during maintenance on the roof of the store at 2677 Roosevelt Blvd., according to an engineering report commissioned by Largo's building division. Fire Chief Shelby Willis said crews were either working on the refrigeration or air conditioning units.
All grocery store merchandise was destroyed in the blaze, and store officials were still assessing the general inventory Thursday evening, said Charles Crowson, senior manager of national media relations for Walmart. The store is expected to reopen in July.
Fire Marshal Josh Stefancic said the damage was estimated at about $2 million for refrigeration units and $7 to $8 million in product.
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