Fire closes an Augusta Food Lion on the day before Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 10:53 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - An apparent transformer fire on Wednesday shut down a busy Food Lion store on one of the biggest grocery-shopping days of the year – the day before Thanksgiving.

After the smoke cleared, angry and confused customers were being turned away at the door, which displayed a sign saying the store was temporarily closed.

A fire was first reported at 10:11 a.m. Nov. 23, 2022, at 2115 Windsor Spring Road, where black...
A fire was first reported at 10:11 a.m. Nov. 23, 2022, at 2115 Windsor Spring Road, where black smoke could be seen billowing into the air from the Colony Plaza shopping center.(WRDW)

Employees said the store would be closed for the rest of the day and until the power comes back on.

Behind the store, a metal electrical transformer vault stood open and smoke-damaged.

The fire was first reported at 10:11 a.m. at 2115 Windsor Spring Road, where black smoke could be seen billowing into the air from the Colony Plaza shopping center behind Applebee’s that also houses Planet Fitness, a call center and other businesses.