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Malfunctioning Refrigeration Unit to Blame for Smoke In FDL Grocery Store

02-Feb-2019

A Fond du Lac grocery store had to be evacuated Saturday afternoon after a refrigeration unit malfunctioned and caused smoke to fill the store. Firefighters responded to Festival Foods just after 12:30 pm for a report of smoke coming from the refrigeration room. Upon arrival, people inside the store were already being evacuated. One team of firefighters assisted in evacuation efforts, while another team was able to isolate the refrigeration unit, which was leaking oil, to stop the smoke from continuing to spread. The Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team determined the oil being used was not toxic. The smoke was cleared from the store after about 90 minutes, and the Fond du Lac Public Health Inspector was called in to ensure safety before the store re-opened. 


“We were grateful for the calm manner in which patrons and store employees exited the store,” Fire Chief Peter O’Leary said in a news release. “We know the inconvenience today’s incident caused to Festival Foods and their guests. Festival Foods employees did a fantastic job helping us mitigate the emergency.”

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