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Monroe Fire Department responded when a motor in a bathroom exhaust fan started a fire at John’s Supermarket on Monday morning, Nov. 2, 2020, in Monroe, Ga. No one was hurt.

MONROE, Ga. — A sprinkler system averted what could have been major fire damage at John’s Supermarket.

The Monroe Fire Department and Walton County Fire Rescue were dispatched to a commercial fire at the grocer, at 416 S. Broad St., shortly before 9:15 a.m. Monday.

Monroe fire Battalion Chief Jack Armstrong said the first units to arrive found a fire in a restroom extinguished by the sprinkler system.

“This was a fantastic example of how important fire sprinklers are,” Armstrong said. “What could have been millions in a loss only caused a few hundred dollars of damage.”

He said a faulty motor in the bathroom’s exhaust fan was the cause of the fire.

Armstrong said the store reopened after the danger eased.

John’s recently opened a major renovation of the store, which has been in Monroe for more than 50 years. The grocer opened an in-store restaurant, Bistro South, and added 8,500 square feet.

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I am soo happy to hear the fire was minimal and that they were able to reopen quickly. Great supermarket!! They are very helpful and they really care for their customers!

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