Holiday Shoppers Keep Buying During Fire
There's no stopping Christmas shopping. An electrical fire that filled a department store with thick smoke didn't deter holiday shoppers, and firefighters had to literally block the doors to keep customers from coming in.
No one was injured in the fire at 'Dillards' at Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, Ohio, but some bargain hunters were kept out of the store.
"It was amazing", said fire Battalion Chief Joe Busher. "Even though there was heavy smoke in there, they all wanted to stay and shop. We even had to put people at the door to keep people from coming in".
Busher estimated fire damage of about $30,000 and about $100,000 in smoke damage to merchandise.
The store is closed for cleanup and expects to re-open in a day.
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