Smoke in the building forced Newham and Slipp Guardian Pharmacy staff and customers to evacuate for a short time early Monday afternoon while the Woodstock Fire Department searched for the source of the problem.
Firefighters and police responded to the large store which anchors Woodstock's downtown square as staff awaited in the small park at the corner of King and Main Streets for the all-clear to return to work.
Firefighters set up a smoke extractor fan at the entrance to the Hallmark section of the building before giving the staff the go-ahead to return to work.
Woodstock Fire Chief Harold McLellan said that while the smoke appeared to come from the ventilation and air conditioning unit, they won't be 100 per cent certain until the technicians examine the system.
He said the situation was not serious, but the staff remained out of the store for approximately 45 minutes.
While firefighters attended the situation at the downtown pharmacy, McLellan said, the alarm at the Woodstock courthouse a few blocks up Main Street sounded. With the building undergoing renovations, the chief said, it appeared dust set off the alarm.
In the end, McLellan said, neither of the downtown Woodstock historic buildings faced any significant danger.
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun