PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — Three officers are recovering from injuries they sustained after a fire started inside a Walmart in Peachtree City.
Peachtree City Fire Department Chief Wilbur Harbin said the fire broke out inside the store on Highway 54 just after 7 p.m.
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The fire engulfed mostly the retail section of the store, Harbin told Channel 2 Action News.
Firefighters attacked the fire from inside of the store, but the roof began to collapse and firefighters were forced to battle the blaze from outside of the Walmart. Luckily, no firefighters were hurt.
A Walmart employee who did not want to be identified told Channel 2 that when she saw the fire, she started yelling for people to get out of the store.
“Just telling them, ‘Come on! Let’s go, we gotta go!’” she said.
A portion of Hwy. 54 was shut down in both directions on Wednesday night so crews could run fire hoses across the road.
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Three Peachtree City police officers got too much smoke in their lungs while yelling for people to get out, officials say. They were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, and have since been released.
One civilian was treated on the scene for a medical issue and was released.
Police are now asking for witnesses to come forward. They say anyone who saw something suspicious should contact investigators immediately.
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Fire departments from Fayette and Coweta counties are assisting the Peachtree Fire Department, along with the City of Fayetteville.
Officials are still working to determine if the fire was an accident or if it was deliberately set.
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