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Firefighters from the Jefferson County Fire Rescue (JCFR) were called to Monticello's Winn-Dixie when two smoke alarms rang off inside the building, spurring a call to the Jefferson County 911 Dispatch.
According to a report issued by the JCFR, when crews arrived at the grocery store on Monday, September 30, at around 2:41 p.m., they found smoke in the building and directed arriving crews to go around and tend to the back (loading area) of the building. During the firefighters' search, however, no fire was located.
It was later discovered that someone inside the store had been working on a cooler in the back and a fire had started beneath the cooler.
The quick response of the worker ended up preventing further catastrophe, as the individual had found a fire extinguisher and put out the fire before firefighters were even able to arrive on the scene. In addition, the quick-thinking worker was able to prevent any fire damage from occurring to the interior of the store.
The remaining smoke was vented out of the building using the structure's air conditioning units as well as two positive pressure fans.
The scene was deemed controlled at 2:50 p.m. and the last firefighter left the scene at 3:23 p.m., at which point the store was left in the care of the Winn-Dixie manager.
Responding firefighters from the JCFR were Chief Derrick Burrus, Captain Dexter Walker, Captain Jared Parramore, Lt. Holly Megna and Nick Buzbee.