TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A fire in a cooler caused the evacuation of Terre Haute’s southside Walmart on Thursday.
According to Honey Creek Battalion Chief Jon Shackelford, firefighters were called to the store located at 5555 South U.S. 41 at 11:39 a.m. for reports of a fire. Shackleford said when they arrived just a few minutes later, workers had already contained the fire using handheld extinguishers.
Shackelford said there was a lot of smoke and firefighters worked for about an hour and a half to evacuate the building. No injuries were reported.
When asked about damage to the store that was expected to hold a re-opening tomorrow morning to show off renovations, Shackelford said the damage was contained to the cooler itself as well as some smoke damage to food products nearby.
Shackelford added that the store was closed as workers cleaned up from the incident.
A Walmart spokesperson provided the following statement;
“We experienced a small mechanical fire in our Terre Haute store and we anticipate it reopening soon. In light of this event, we will be pushing back our Regrand Opening and will let everyone know as soon as we have this rescheduled.”