Due to an electrical fire resulting in at least one man being severely burned, the Walmart location in Graham is closed, and will likely remain so until Thursday.
Graham Fire Rescue firefighter Justin Ash was one of several who responded to the fire at the store on Highway 16 and said the fire, which occurred at about 6 p.m., was limited to the loading dock at the rear of the store.
“Apparently there was an electrician working, changing out some breakers back there, and somehow shorted something out,” Ash said. “His hands got third degree burns, and he got shocked.”
He added that some of the Walmart employees retrieved extinguishers to douse the electrician, whose torso and shirt caught on fire, and they extinguished him.
Immediately after the fire crew arrived, Ash said that paramedics tended to the electrician and put him in the back of an ambulance. Asked whether the still unidentified electrician was the only person injured, Ash said that he believed that to be true.
The exact cause of the fire is not known, and Ash said that the Graham Police Department is currently investigating the matter.
As of 8 p.m., Walmart, employees were standing at the front of each entrance to the store telling drivers that the store was closed due to an electrical problem.
The Graham Leader will update this story as events become known.