Walmart Truck Fire Wednesday morning, July 25, 2018

Walmart Truck Fire Wednesday morning, July 25, 2018

Walmart Truck Fire Wednesday morning, July 25, 2018

On Wednesday, July 25 (2018), the Orland Fire Protection District received a 911 emergency call regarding a fire at the Walmart SuperCenter store at 9265 159th Street in Orland Hills.

Upon arrival, Firefighters found a fully involved box-truck parked against the store building on the east side in the back parking lot. Large flames and a large plume of black smoke filled the sky above the vehicle.

Workers were on the roof conducting repairs.

Box truck fire adjacent to the rear entrance of the Walmart Super Center store at 9265 159th Street in Orland Hills. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

Box truck fire adjacent to the rear entrance of the Walmart Super Center store at 9265 159th Street in Orland Hills. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

The alarm was upgraded to assure the full evacuation of all of the occupants of the store employees and customers – the store is open 24 hours. It also assured access to the workers on the roof and to ensure that they were safe and secure.

The fire was contained in about 30 minutes.  No injuries were reported.  The damage to the vehicle and the store was in excess of $100,000.00.

The fire remains under investigation.

Plume of black smoke rises from truck fire adjacent to the rear entrance of the Walmart Super Center store at 9265 159th Street in Orland Hills. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Plume of black smoke rises from truck fire adjacent to the rear entrance of the Walmart Super Center store at 9265 159th Street in Orland Hills. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

(Photo of truck on fire courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District. Fire of smoke plum visible from 159th and 94th Avenue, courtesy of Ray Hanania)

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Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

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