Conveyor Belt Catches Fire at Montgomery County Supermarket

A conveyor belt overheated and caused the evacuation of a Montgomery County grocery store Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to the ShopRite store along Forty Foot Road in Hatfield Township around 9:30 a.m.

The incident was caused when the motor of a checkout conveyor belt overheated and caused smoke in the store, said ShopRite spokeswoman Maureen Gillespie.


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Two employees were checked out a local hospital for smoke inhalation and released, said Gillespie.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see crews at the scene and workers standing outside the store.

After about 75 minutes the store reopened, said Gillespie.

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