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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials say they expect to open a temporary shoppette on Kleber Kaserne on Saturday or Sunday, occupying a giant tent that was erected before the Monday morning fire that destroyed the nearby shoppette building.

The tent was to house retail operations temporarily while the shoppette underwent roof renovations. AAFES and Army officials said the tent still is a temporary solution, but they don’t know how long it will be up.

AAFES spokesman Lt. Col. Hector Jamili said in an email to Stars and Stripes that no customer data was lost in the fire.

While cleanup of the burn site continues, an Army official said Friday the cause of the fire was “most likely an electrical overload.” Mark Heeter, U.S. Army Garrison-Kaiserslautern spokesman said the investigation isn’t complete, as officials haven’t been able to inspect the entire burn area due to safety concerns.

The cost of structural damage and inventory lost in the fire is still being assessed, officials said.

Jamili said merchandise from the sales floor was destroyed, but that items in the shoppette’s remote stock room were not affected.

The Kleber child development center, which was also damaged in the fire, will remain closed until further notice, Heeter said. Officials were hopeful they could reopen the center by Monday, but “it’s too far away from being ready,” Heeter said Friday.

The facility, which is part of the shoppette complex, sustained smoke and water damage in the fire, and a small section of its roof burned.

Children enrolled at the center are temporarily enrolled at Landstuhl’s on-post childcare centers.


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