Just before noon on June 12, the Collierville Fired Department responded to a fire at Target on 325 New Byhalia Road in Collierville.
Four Collierville engine companies and a ladder truck initially responded to the emergency. Upon arrival at the scene, crews discovered heavy smoke and a fire on a grocery aisle which activated two sprinkler heads above the fire. Customers and employees were safely evacuated from the building without any injuries.
“Due to the location of the fire being in the back corner of the store, it took some endurance for our firefighters to quickly move back and forth from their engines to the fire. Two firefighters became overheated, were treated at the scene, and have now recovered,” said Paul Witt, Chief of Fire Prevention.
Mutual aid was provided by the Germantown and Shelby County Fire Departments to assist at the scene as well as help provide additional emergency response in the Collierville area if needed.
“The sprinkler system did it’s job keeping the fire from spreading,” said Chief Witt. The Fire Marshal’s Office and the Collierville Police Department are working together to investigate the cause of the fire.
Officials do believe this will be a significant product loss for the business from smoke damage. Target will remain closed during the investigation and recovery; there is not a re-opening date established at this time.