The Grand Forks Fire Department responded to two brush and grass fires at both Walmart locations in town, one of which damaged a vehicle, on the afternoon of Friday, June 4.
Fire crews responded to the first fire just after 1 p.m. at the 32nd Avenue Walmart, and again at 1:14 p.m. at Walmart on Gateway Drive. When crews arrived, they were met by Walmart employees who reported fires in the parking lot berms. Firefighters extinguished the fires, which mostly consisted of burning mulch and plant material.
Damage from the fires was contained to one vehicle at the Walmart on Gateway Drive, and is estimated to come in at $1,000. Surveillance cameras show the fires were started by improperly discarded smoking material, as customers walked in the doors.
With the hot and windy conditions in the area, the Grand Forks Fire Department is reminding people to properly dispose of smoking materials.
The fire department responded with two engines and nine personnel for each fire. There were no injuries to Walmart employees or first responders. The fire department was assisted by the Grand Forks Police Department, Altru Ambulance and Walmart employees.