Walmart Fire Breaks Out

Walmart Fire Breaks Out

( – On March 16, a fire broke out at a Plainfield, Indiana Walmart Fulfillment Center. Flames engulfed the 1.2-million-square-foot site, requiring hundreds of firefighters to tackle it.

Plainfield Fire Chief Brent Anderson wasn’t immediately clear about how the blaze started. He said an associate contacted authorities about the fire after employees tried and failed to fight it themselves. According to a tweet from the Plainfield Fire Territory, it required 24 fire departments coordinating through mutual aid to get the fire under control. The crews rotated throughout the night battling the blaze. The facility, which Walmart uses to fill online orders, is a complete loss. Fortunately, the fire didn’t kill any of the 1,000 employees.

Bloomberg News reported the fire was so large the smoke plume was seen from space.

Walmart will pay the impacted employees 40 hours per week plus overtime for the foreseeable future. They will have the option to move to other stores, and the company will provide transportation and lodging.

In a statement from Walmart, the company thanked emergency crews for helping to account for the associates who were in the facility and responding quickly to the fire. The statement said they’ve “taken steps to limit the impact to customers” and “normalize operations” as quickly as possible.

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