CERES -- The Wal-Mart store was evacuated Monday night because of a fire in the men's department, officials said.
By the time firefighters arrived, the fire had been put out and there was a "light haze in the building," Ceres fire Battalion Chief Bryan Hunt said. He said he believes store employees extinguished the fire.
One person was treated for smoke inhalation, and there were no other reports of injuries, said a supervisor with Stanislaus Regional 911, citing preliminary reports about the incident.
The supervisor said a store employee called 911 at 10:06 p.m. to report the fire and that employees and customers had been evacuated from the store at 1670 Mitchell Road.
Ceres fire sent three engines and a ladder truck. At 10:40 p.m., "firefighters were evacuating smoke from the building," Hunt said.
The Ceres Wal-Mart is open 24 hours a day, according to an employee at the Turlock Wal-Mart. No one could be reached at the Ceres store, so it was not known when the store would reopen, but a manager at the Modesto Wal-Mart on Plaza Parkway said stores ordinarily can reopen quickly after a small fire.
She said the store can turn off the power to the affected part of the store and clear the smoke.
About 300 people were evacu-ated in December 2006 from the Modesto store after a small fire scorched an electrical outlet for a wall of TVs, fire officials said. No injuries were reported. Store employees put out the fire with an extinguisher as firefighters arrived, officials said then. Firefighters helped employees clear smoke out of the store and let everyone back in about 15 minutes later.
Wal-Mart also has stores in Manteca, Tracy, Merced, Los Banos and Sonora.