By Steve Hansen
Walmart in Clovis was badly damaged by fire early Sunday morning. Fire officials said the fire began at 3:30am, though no cause has been identified.
Firefighters were called in from across the region. It appeared that the fire was out at midday but it lasted for over three hours.
Walmart’s employees were all accounted and there was no injury report.
Clovis Mayor Mike Morris: “I am told the building is damaged, including a roof collapse.”
Clovis Police Department advised residents of the region to “keep away from this area because it’s an active scene.”
CPD stated on its Facebook Page that it was not necessary to drive to the scene to merely “see” what happened.
You should make alternate plans if you are a regular customer at this store. It is NOT expected to open today.
Fire officials at the scene refused to offer any more information, except to say that it appeared the fire started from the south of the building.
Bryan Mizelle said he was awakened by sirens in the early morning hours of Sunday and heard what sounded to him like sheet metal being hit with rain.
As he walked outside, the man reported seeing flames.
Jennifer Mizelle is Bryan’s spouse. She took her boys to Planet Fitness west of Prince Street. There, she said, they saw the Walmart fire and heard several “pops.”
Melrose Fire Department’s vehicle passed, she reported.
Jennifer Mizelle says a Walmart employee that she is familiar with told her about the incident. The fire began in Walmart’s Automotive section in the South side of the store. Jennifer told the employee all workers had escaped safely.
In a recent video posted on Facebook, what appeared to be Walmart staffers are seen standing in the lot of the store and observing large fires coming from its roof.
Clovis police released a release on Sunday afternoon stating emergency services were called at 3:36 AM.
In the statement, it was stated that upon arrival the officers and firefighters reported to have found the fire in the building.
Clovis Fire Dept. requested assistance from other agencies because of the severity of the fire and size of building. Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Fire Departments responded.
According to the police, Walmart will close while they investigate what caused the fire. Walmart will limit access to its parking lot to only Fire and Police personnel, as well as designated staff. Plan accordingly. There is a possibility that Walmart will be shut for a long period of time.
News release also:
Walmart contacted you and continues to do so via email and text to let you know where to go to get your prescriptions. All online and in-store pickups from the Clovis Walmart store will now be directed to the Portales Walmart. Walmart can answer any of your questions by calling them.
Clovis Police Capt. Roman Romero made the statement in a press release.
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