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Fire reported at Safeway

Customers were evacuated from Safeway following a reported freezer fire from inside the store. - Eric Mandel, The Reporter
Customers were evacuated from Safeway following a reported freezer fire from inside the store.
— image credit: Eric Mandel, The Reporter

Customers were evacuated from the Safeway in the 3200 block of Kent after a report of a smoke and sparks coming from a freezer in the bakery.

Firefighters arrived at 11:17 a.m. and isolated the a 10-by-10 foot freezer inside the large retail space. The fire was contained to the freezer and did not affect any other portion of the store.

The entire store was evacuated as a precaution and there were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation, though Kent Fire Department Capt. Guy Thompson said at the scene that he believed it to be an electrical issue.

Multiple law enforcement vehicles and fire trucks responded to the scene and closed down the parking lot.

"It turned out to be a really small problem," Thompson said.

The Safeway Store Director Michael Norlan declined comment at the scene.

 

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