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Fire shuts down Buckhead Target

Atlanta Fire Rescue said the fire remains under investigation

ATLANTA — A Target was evacuated Monday evening due to a fire, according to authorities. It was closed for the rest of the night. 

Shoppers were asked to leave the store along Piedmont Road NE off Adina Drive in Buckhead. The store shares a plaza with an Ashley Furniture store and a Home Depot. It's also around the corner from a QuikTrip gas station.

Atlanta Fire Rescue crews responded to the fire shortly after 5 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found a working fire on the first floor in the bedding section. The response was upgraded to a second alarm fire for additional firefighters and equipment, AFRD said. 

An 11Alive viewer shared a video from a smoke-filled parking garage by the entrance of Target. Several emergency vehicles were outside of the doors and the parking lot was mostly empty, the video showed.

Firefighters evacuated the store of employees and customers. The Best Buy electronics store next door was also evacuated out of precaution.

Atlanta Fire Rescue said crews extinguished the flames less than 40 minutes later. 

Firefighters evaluated three Target employees for injuries and smoke inhalation. Officials said no one was hurt and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

"We’re working to understand the extent of the damage, but we expect the store to be closed for an undetermined amount of time," a spokesperson for Target said. "While the store is repaired and restocked, guests are welcome to visit our nearby store on Peachtree Road for all of their needs."

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