IGA evacuated after report of smoke filling store


Last updated 4/12/2019 at 11:52am

Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

Havre Firefighters Tristan Manuel and Kessler Leonard talk near the meat section of Gary & Leo's Fresh Foods Thursday. Havre fire and police had to evacuate the building after smoke filled the entire space.

Havre Fire Department and the Havre Police Department responded to a report of smoke at Gary & Leo's Fresh Foods Thursday that led the store's evacuation.

Police officers and store management escorted everyone out of the stores at 3:45 p.m.

The store began to fill with smoke as routine maintenance was being done, "the heater somehow stayed on while the blower was off," said store co-owner John Malisani.

Malisani said that there was no fire in the building.

Assistant Fire Chief Kelly Jones said no injuries or damage were reported and the store reopened after clearing the smoke fr...

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