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No One Hurt In Office Fire At Associated Grocers Headquarters

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No injuries were reported following a fire at Associated Grocers’ Politz office building, adjacent to its distribution center, in Baton Rouge, La., last week. The fire broke out just after noon June 5.

“It appears that the fire was properly contained by our fire suppression system and sprinkler,” according to a posting on the company’s Facebook page. “…The fire was significant enough to warrant evacuation of the building and the stoppage of work in the distribution center.”

The St. George Fire Department responded to the blaze. The cause of the fire has not been released.

Associated Grocers has set up a page on its website dedicated to updates about the incident. In a June 5 posting on the page, the company said, “This office area was severely damaged. However, the main administration building and all product and business systems, including the phone system and e-mail, remain intact.

“The priority for Associated Grocers Inc. is to resume the order selection process today (June 5) and deliver orders to customers on their normal delivery schedule. New computers will be assigned to those employees who typically work in the damaged office building so that normal operations can resume as quickly as possible.”

The company instructed employees to come to work on their normal schedules unless otherwise directed.

Jay Campbell, president and CEO of Associated Grocers, told The Shelby Report Monday that the incident was “challenging” and that “we’re going to be struggling with this for quite some time, but we’ll deal with it.”

He called it a “blessing” that there were no injuries.

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