FIRST ON WITN: Fire At New Bern Walmart

Officials had to evacuate the Walmart in New Bern because of an electrical fire Monday morning.

Fire crews were called out to the business around 10:45 a.m. The store is located in Rivertowne Square, at the intersections of U.S. 17 and 70. Multiple fire units responded, while volunteer units were placed on standby in case they were needed.

Firefighters say there was something wrong with a fan system in a store cooler. Employees had the fire out before the fire department arrived, but light smoke was seen in the building.

Employees were allowed back inside shortly after the fire. Because it sells food, the health department had to inspect the store before it reopened to customers. The store reopened to customers Monday afternoon.

Neighboring businesses say they were not impacted by the fire.

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