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Clarendon Whole Foods Evacuated After Kitchen Fire

by Andrea Swalec September 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm 4,418 0

(Updated at 4:35 p.m.) The Whole Foods Market in Clarendon was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after smoke started spewing from the roof.

Arlington County firefighters rushed to the 2700 Wilson Blvd. store after they received a rescue call at about 2:45 p.m., ACFD spokeswoman Lt. Sarah Marchegiani said.

The fire was put out quickly and all customers and staff were ordered to leave as firefighters searched for hot spots.

The blaze started on a stove in the front area where rotisserie chickens are sold and and was extinguished by the store’s employees, Marchegiani said. Patches of grease then caught fire in a cooking vent.

No injuries were reported.

A health inspector was called to ensure the store will be safe for re-entry. When the store can reopen won’t be known until an inspector can make an assessment, county Department of Human Services spokesman Kurt Larrick said.

“Hopefully it is just minor damage and there are no food safety issues, and they will be back up and running soon,” Larrick said.

One lane of Clarendon Blvd was shut down to accommodate emergency vehicles.

Ethan Rothstein contributed reporting

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