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Barracks Road Kroger Evacuated Following Electrical Issue

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Fire trucks outside Kroger at Barracks Road. Fire trucks outside Kroger at Barracks Road.
Backhoe that struck the power line.  Photo courtesy of the Charlottesville Fire Department. Backhoe that struck the power line. Photo courtesy of the Charlottesville Fire Department.

The Kroger store in the Barracks Road Shopping Center was evacuated Tuesday due to an electrical issue outside the store. It all started before 10 a.m., when emergency officials say a backhoe hit a power line and caused a transformer to blow.

According to the Charlottesville Fire Department, a backhoe hit a power line which caused arcing at a transformer at the rear of the store. The electrical arcing caused some smoke and released carbon monoxide to an unsafe level for shoppers, prompting the evacuation of the building.

The power was turned off by Dominion Virginia Power. Crews ventilated the building to clear the carbon monoxide.

The Charlottesville Fire Department gave the all clear shortly after noon. Kroger officially reopened around 4:45 p.m. 

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