Hobby Lobby staff responds quickly to electrical fire
Published 1:51 pm Tuesday, December 31, 2019
The quick response by staff at Vicksburg’s Hobby Lobby appears to have prevented a far worse situation Tuesday.
Around 9 a.m., multiple units with the Vicksburg Fire Department were dispatched to the Hobby Lobby location at the Vicksburg Mall on Pemberton Boulevard for a fire call.
Once they arrived, they found that a fire, which had started in a large electrical panel in the storeroom had been extinguished by someone on the store’s staff. Electricity was out at the store and the store’s personnel were outside of the building.
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No one was reported injured in the incident.
“It could have been far, far worse,” Battalion Chief Henry Williams said. “But, when we got there, all we found was a lot of smoke.”
The store remained closed Tuesday as store officials worked to arrange repairs to the electrical panel and any other items damaged in the quick blaze.
The 54,000-square-foot Hobby Lobby location opened in the mall in 2014, replacing J.C. Penney.