Ross department store reopens after electrical fire
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Employees were back to work around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ross department store after an electrical fire shut down the store Monday.
At 3:14 p.m. Monday, teams from the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department responded to a report of a generator fire with one person injured within the store, according to a statement from the SLTPD.
On arrival, firefighters discovered an employee who had received electrical burns standing outside of the store. This individual was treated on scene and transported to Barton Hospital via ambulance.
He was later released from the hospital, according to the same statement.
No other injuries were reported during the incident.
Fire crews discovered that an electrical explosion affected the store’s main electrical panel, causing the near electrocution of the employee and a power outage to surrounding businesses.
Fire crews secured the building until all electricity was shut off, and mechanically removed smoke from the building using fans.
The cause of the flash arc is currently under investigation by fire and electrical authorities.