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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  • by there Location: new bern on Jan 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM
    I was there and they did what needed to be dne without causing a panick. Good job wal mart
  • by there Location: new bern on Jan 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM
    I was there and they did what needed to be dne without causing a panick. Good job wal mart
  • by there Location: new bern on Jan 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM
    I was there and they did what needed to be dne without causing a panick. Good job wal mart
  • by there Location: new bern on Jan 16, 2012 at 03:55 PM
    I was there and they did what needed to be dne without causing a panick. Good job wal mart
  • by @ mann on Jan 16, 2012 at 01:15 PM
    Dont own a mercedes have a old beat up truck actually and whats the big deal with asking that question it is the truth walmart management did not evacuate the store and put peoples lives possibly at risk. wait are you a walmart manager?
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM in reply to @ mann
      witn??? I was there today. The Walmart management made the right calls, as did the Fire Dept. No, evacuation was not done immediately. However, they got everyone out of the store in an orderly fashion, rather than people running in a panic and bottle-necking at the front entrance. Hope you can read and comprehend that information.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    Will they have a fire sale? keep us posted.
  • by Mann on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    Username Witn??? U must be trying to stir the pot or think something is in it for you. Are u sitting home in the hood with your Mercedes parked out front?
  • by witn ??? on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM
    WITN you need to ask walmart management why they didnt evacuate the building and had to wait till told to do so inquring minds want to know
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM in reply to witn ???
      I'll offer one: An evaluation of the situation is always done first. The Fire Dept. was there in full. They also evaluated the situation. Walmart staff did well not to incite a panic among the customers. More people die from panicking, than leaving a store in an orderly fashion. I was there, and they did fine. The store was not 'full' of smoke, but there was a situation. I noticed the store is also loaded with ceiling sprinklers. Hope your 'inquiring minds' are satisfied now.
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        by WITN??? on Jan 16, 2012 at 04:01 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        I agree more problems with panic but the store was not evacuated like it needed to be as a possible fire. And the fire dept. was not there in full just for your FYI
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