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Williston Wal-Mart evacuated

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WILLISTON, Vt. -

Hundreds of customers at Wal-Mart in Williston were forced to stop their holiday shopping for a while Friday.

Around noontime, a smoky haze and smell filled the store, causing concern among some shoppers.

The store was evacuated and the Williston Fire Department was called in for help.

"It was not a fire problem, it was more of a smoke problem," Williston Police Chief Ken Morton said. "But because of the nature of smoke and the fact that we had a lot of folks here, it was best to evacuate, identify, and then reoccupy."

A rooftop heating-ventilating unit with a faulty motor or belt system is suspected as the cause of the smoke. Fire officials estimated about 500 shoppers were evacuated due to the smoky conditions.

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