By Steve Hansen
Early Sunday morning, a fire broke out in Clovis’ Walmart. The building was severely damaged. The fire started around 3:30 in the morning, although no immediate cause could be determined.
On scene were firefighters from all over the area. Firefighters from all over the region were on scene.
The police said that all Walmart workers were accounted for, and there had not been any reported injuries.
Clovis Mayor Mike Morris stated, “I was told that the roof had collapsed and there were significant losses to this building.”
Clovis Police Department told residents to “stay clear of the area as it is an active crime scene.”
CPD posted on Facebook that there was no reason for people to “drive by” to see what’s going on.
If this is the only store you use for your groceries, then make alternative plans. This store will NOT reopen today.
The fire was reported to be on the southern side of the structure by officials on scene, but they declined to give any further information.
Bryan Mizelle lives near Walmart on Llano Estacado. He heard sirens and what sounded as if rain was hitting sheet metal early in the morning.
He said that when he was outside, he saw flames.
Jennifer Mizelle said that she had taken her sons with her to Planet Fitness, just west of Prince Street. From there, they were able to see and hear the Walmart fire.
She said that a Melrose Fire Department car drove by.
Jennifer Mizelle reported that a Walmart worker she knew told her the she had been in the store at the time the fire broke out in Walmart’s auto section, on its south side. Jennifer was told by the employee that all staff had safely evacuated.
Social media videos show what appears to be Walmart workers standing on the parking lot and watching the large fires that are coming from the building’s roof.
Clovis Police issued a press release late on Sunday morning stating that emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 3:36 am.
The release said that “on arrival, officers and fire personnel reported the building as ablaze.”
The Clovis Fire Department requested additional units to help due to the large building and aggressive nature of fire. Cannon Air Force Base Fire Services, Melrose Ranchvale Pleasant Hill Texico Portales Grady (all in New Mexico), along with Farwell, Bovina and Bovina, Texas, responded.
The store is expected to be closed as officials conduct an investigation into the cause of fire. The Walmart parking area will only be accessible to designated Fire Department, Police and other authorized personnel. The release said that the Walmart business could be closed for an extended period.
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Walmart will continue to try to reach out to you by text or email if you are in need of prescription medication that is normally available through Walmart’s pharmacy. The Portales Walmart will take over online orders for the Clovis Walmart. Contact Walmart with any other questions.
Clovis Police Captain has contacted the state fire marshal to assist with this investigation. Roman Romero said in a release.
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