Graham Walmart Remains Closed After Electrician Burned in Wednesday Explosion

The State of Texas is giving shoppers a price cut on school supplies, clothing, computers and other items all this weekend, beginning today, during tax free weekend.
However in Graham, shoppers will not be able to head to the biggest store in town because of an accident earlier this week involving a Wichita Falls electrician.
Mechell Dixon joins us now with the latest.

Friends of 34 year old Christopher Wilbur says he is still listed in critical condition at a Dallas hospital after an explosion at the only Walmart within about 35 miles.
Meanwhile, the popular one-stop shop will remain closed this tax-free weekend, which could seriously impact the economy of Graham and keep shoppers from taking advantage of big tax savings.

Shoppers count on Walmart in Graham being open which is why this sign caught shoppers, like Lucile Bilby, by surprise.

"I shop in here every week and I get my hair done in the beauty shop there every week.   It's really the only place you can buy everything in one stop unless you go to Wichita Falls or Fort Worth," Bilby says.

The store is closed following an explosion Wednesday that caused third degree burns to 34 year old Christopher Wilbur.
Graham fire officials say he was changing a breaker in the store's electrical panel when an explosion occurred.

"It arced inside there and a flash came out and got him the equipment in the building.  The remaining clothes that he had on were on fire and the employees out there had put him out by the time we got there," says James Davis, fire marshal and assistant fire chief for the City of Graham.

Wilbur was taken to Graham Regional Hospital then taken by medical helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Fire officials say Walmart will remain closed until the electrical panel can be replaced.
While Wilbur's injuries are tragic, Graham chamber of commerce officials say the closure of Walmart means residents can still shop in the city.

"Walmart is a major employer in our community.  There are people who's jobs are a part of this and we have a lot of great retailers here that have a lot of great things to offer and we want them to stay here and don't take a trip to Fort Worth since Walmart is closed," says Jennifer Conway, president and CEO of Graham Chamber of Commerce.

A friend of Wilbur's has created a Go Fund Me page to help his family pay for the mounting medical costs.
And we're told other fundraiser are in the works.

If you're interested in donating to the Christopher Wilbur fund on GoFundMe, click on the following link:


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