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City of Brookfield — Busy Brookfield shoppers have unfortunately had one less option when looking for holiday gifts for their children in recent days.

Toys R Us, 355 S. Moorland Road, remained closed Monday, Dec. 19 following a fire in the store Friday night, Dec. 16.

City of Brookfield fire department personnel responded from all three of its stations at 9:51 p.m. Friday after a fire started in the stuffed animal aisle of the store.

"On arrival, the sprinkler system was active, so firefighters entered the building, found the fire and completed extinguishment," fire chief Charlie Myers said.

Myers noted that due to the sprinkler system functioning properly, it took firefighters only minutes to finish putting out the flames.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

The store has remained closed since the fire; however, the company has said that the store will reopen this week.

"We're not sure what day yet, we're hoping for Wednesday," Toys R Us spokesperson Jessica Offerjost said.

After extinguishing the flames, city of Brookfield firefighters remained on the scene for hours to turn off the sprinkler system and remove the smoke from the building in order to salvage as much as possible.

On a side note, Myers asked that residents and businesses take the time to make sure that nearby fire extinguishers remain easily accessible for firefighters should the need arise.

"With this current snowfall, if the public can help out by making sure that the areas around their fire hydrants are cleaned out, it greatly improves our efficiency."

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