Last minute shoppers evacuate Wal-Mart

The City of Westfield’s fire department headquarters on Broad St. (WNG file photo)

WESTFIELD- The Wal-Mart on Springfield Road had to be evacuated Sunday afternoon after somebody activated a fire alarm.

The alarm was pulled just before 1 p.m. prompting the busy store to evacuate. The Westfield Fire Department responded to the alarm and arrived quickly before clearing the scene. Westfield’s Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Kane said that it is believed to be a malicious false alarm.

Being just two days before Christmas when the call happened, the store was quite crowded with last minute holiday shoppers. There is no known suspect, and the motive to pull the fire alarm is unclear.

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