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A fire at the Murphysboro Wal-Mart will close the store for a significant time

Smoke billowing from roof of Murphysboro Walmart
Lisa Forby
Smoke billows from the roof of the Wal-Mart building in Murphysboro on March 9, 2022.

No one was injured Wednesday morning when a fire broke out at the Wal-Mart store in Murphysboro.

Mayor Will Stephens says the fire started on the roof in the back of the building sometime between 9 and 10 am.

He says the roof burned long enough that burning material fell through the ceiling into the shoe section...igniting shoes and other products.

Wal-Mart associates attempted to put out the fire without success. Murphysboro and Carbondale Fire Departments as well as the Murphysboro Police Department responded and extinguished the fire.

Stephens says in talking with the Murphysboro Wal-Mart store manager and regional managers for Wal-Mart, it's presumed much of product in the store will have to be thrown away and replaced due to smoke damage.

This means the store will be closed for a significant period of time. No reopening date has been discussed or estimated.

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