LEXINGTON – A breaker box apparently was the cause of smoke that caused the evacuation of the Walmart building in Lexington.
At about 11:15 on Monday morning workers and customers were asked to leave the building as the Lexington Fire and Police departments were called to the scene.
Lexington Fire Chief Dahlas Holbein said there wasn’t a fire in the store.
“Walmart was having electrical problems with a transformer,” Holbein said, “Dawson Public Power is handling it.”
It was later discovered that the problem was within the electrical system inside the Walmart store and not a problem with the Dawson Public Power District.
A Walmart employee said he had seen fire trucks at the building early in the morning also.
The building was still closed to customers at 12:00.
According to Walmart’s Corporate spokesman, Charles Krowson, the Walmart Superstore in Lexington is still closed as they work on weather related power issues. There is no ETA on when it will re-open.
Lexington’s Walmart has reopened after shutting down yesterday because of a store-wide power failure. However, all of the frozen foods, meats and dairy are in the process of being replaced. Therefore, Krowson said, some of those items will not be available right away.