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Fire empties Walmart in North Versailles

| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 5:12 p.m.

A small fire in a trash compactor forced the evacuation on Wednesday afternoon of the Walmart in North Versailles, Allegheny County emergency dispatchers said.

The fire filled the building with smoke but there were no immediate reports of injuries, dispatchers said. Firefighters from several communities were called to the store off Route 30 after the alarm sounded around 3:40 p.m.

The trash compactor is located outside and the building was not damaged but smoke did get inside the store, said Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee.

“While no merchandise was damaged as a result of the fire, we followed local health officials' guidance in properly disposing fresh produce which had been exposed to smoke,” Gee said.

The store reopened around 7 p.m.

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