Supermarket evacuated, exclusion zone in place following Walgett fire

Firefighters are attending to the blaze, with officers from Central North Police District also on scene. Photo: Contributed

Firefighters are attending to the blaze, with officers from Central North Police District also on scene. Photo: Contributed

A supermarket has been evacuated, and an exclusion zone put in place, following a fire at Walgett this morning.

Emergency services were called to a business on Fox Street, Walgett, at approximately 8:40am on June 5, following reports of a fire.

Firefighters are attending to the blaze, with officers from Central North Police District also on scene.

There have been no reports of injury.

It's the second time the building has been damaged by fire after it was destroyed in 2013.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Minister for Western NSW Adam Marshall said he was saddened to learn of news that flames has engulfed Walgett IGA Supermarket this morning, with the building sustaining significant damage.

"Walgett IGA is the only supermarket in town and the closest alternative is 80km away," he said.

The township of Walgett is already on its knees battling the crippling effects of drought.

The blaze broke out at the town's only supermarket at about 8.30am Wednesday morning.

The blaze broke out at the town's only supermarket at about 8.30am Wednesday morning.

"This could not come at a worse time and is devastating news for the many locals that rely on the supermarket to purchase their groceries and meet their most basic needs."

Mr Marshall said he raised the sad development in NSW Parliament today and wanted to reiterate that his heart goes out to the people of Walgett who have been impacted by this incident.

"I am informed that the matter is still under investigation by NSW Fire & Rescue," he said.

"As the Minister for Western NSW I have requested the Department of Premier & Cabinet to look into the issue as a matter of urgency and report back on how the NSW Government may be able to assist the township in its recovery.

"I have also discussed this incident with the local MP Roy Butler and will be working closely with him going forward."

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