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Enota Rite Aid considers next move after fire
Patrons sent to Browns Bridge, Thompson Bridge locations
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The Rite Aid Pharmacy on South Enota Drive that was damaged by fire Thursday is being cleared out and customers sent to other area locations. - photo by Tom Reed

Officials at the Rite Aid Pharmacy damaged in a fire Thursday are still assessing damage and considering their next move.

"We are working as quickly as possible to re-open our pharmacy department at that location," said Ashley Flower, a Rite Aid spokeswoman. "We want to do so safely, and we're working with all the necessary parties to ensure that when the building opens and resumes pharmacy service it is safe and ready for such operations."

Gainesville Fire officials estimated the fire caused about $100,000 worth of damage.

"There is some smoke and water damage," Flower said, but there is not yet specific information about the damage.

The South Enota store is now closed and is sending customers to its other locations on Browns Bridge Road and Thompson Bridge Road.

"We do have extra staff at those stores to assist patients as well," Flower said. "And in the event that they cannot get to those stores, we have some staff at the closed location who are transferring and delivering prescriptions if it is more convenient for our patients."

Authorities believe an electrical short caused the fire.

The short took place in a condensation pump on top of a drink cooler in the store, Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada said Thursday. The fire spread upward onto the wall and across the ceiling.

No one was injured in the incident, which began about 10:50 a.m. Thursday.

Staff writer Jeff Gill contributed to this report.

 

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