Incident shut down part of Main Street on Friday afternoon
The Huntington Fire Department responded to a call of heavy smoke at Renarts that shut down a part of Main Street on Friday afternoon.
An employee of the shoe store near Wall Street called the fire department at about 12:45 p.m. after going upstairs to grab a pair of shoes for a customer and discovering smoke on the second floor. There was a little bit of smoke in the first room and a lot of smoke in the second room, he recalled at the scene on Friday.
“I was coughing a lot,” Paul Rodriguez said. “I couldn’t even stand up for a minute.”
He ran down to place the call to the fire department, which responded in five minutes, he said. The chief got to the scene in less than two minutes.
Rodriguez said fire officials told him there was an “electrical problem” that was being handled.
Chief Robert Berry told reporters at the scene there was no fire, but a “heavy smoke condition” on the second floor. Officials are still investigating what caused the smoke condition but by about 2 p.m., it was safe to go back into the store.
There were no injuries.