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The usually crowded parking lot at the Walmart Supercenter at 2800 Spring Ave. S.W. in Decatur was mostly bare Wednesday afternoon following a fire that temporarily closed the store. Authorities on Monday said the fire was the result of arson. [MICHAEL WETZEL/DECATUR DAILY]

A fire Wednesday that closed the Walmart Supercenter on Spring Avenue Southwest remains under investigation, and store managers were unsure if they'd be able to reopen today, according to Decatur Fire and Rescue and store officials.

One person was treated for possible smoke inhalation, authorities said.

In a statement, Decatur Fire and Rescue said it responded to a reported blaze at the store at 1800 Spring Ave. S.W. at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday.

“The fire was confined to the houseware section and extinguished by store personnel. The store was evacuated and Decatur Fire personnel ensured the fire was out upon their arrival,” Fire Marshal Jason Jones wrote in the statement. “The extent of the fire damage has not yet been determined, nor when Walmart will reopen for business.”

The Decatur Police Department and Decatur Fire Marshal’s Office were investigating the cause of the fire, Jones said in the statement.

A thunderstorm moved through Southwest Decatur about the time of the fire, but the fire is not expected to be weather-related.

Jones is asking the public for assistance in the case. He said anyone who has information on the incident is encouraged to call his office at 256-341-4870 or Decatur police at 256-341-4600.

On the store’s social media page, Walmart posted a message Wednesday afternoon: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the store is currently closed. We will reopen as soon as we are allowed to do so. Thank you for your understanding and patience.”

At about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Walmart sales associate greeted patrons in the mostly deserted parking lot saying the store was closed and managers weren't sure it would be ready to reopen today.

Local managers said they could not comment on the incident.

Walmart corporate media relations personnel in Arkansas did not immediately respond when asked for a comment.

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mike.wetzel@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2442. Twitter @DD_Wetzel.

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