Walmart store closed after fire in Anderson, SLED and police investigating

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ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Authorities are investigating a fire at a Walmart store in Anderson. 

Anderson Fire Department Lt. Travis Poore said the fire happened around 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Walmart at 651 Highway 28 Bypass.

Poore said the fire was in the back of the store in the photo and toy area. Customers and employees were evacuated from the store, which closed following the fire.

Thom Berry, a spokesman with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, confirmed at least one member of the agency’s arson team responded to the scene to assist local authorities with the investigation. 

The sprinkler system went off in the store and helped to contain the fire. 

Poore said some water damage from the sprinkler system was reported. He said there was quite a bit of water on the floor of the store and said the water spread around the entire store.

Fire crews opened one of the skylights and brought in multiple fans to help ventilate the building and clear smoke from the building.

No injuries were reported.

On Monday evening, Walmart officials posted on Walmart Anderson-Highway 28 Bypass’s Facebook page that the store is closed and asked customers to visit their store on Liberty Highway in the meantime. 

No word yet on when the store will reopen.

Poore said South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Anderson Police Department are currently investigating the fire.

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