STOW — The Hudson Drive Walmart store was briefly evacuated after a fire alarm went off at the store late in the afternoon Tuesday.

Fire Chief Mark Stone said Wednesday that the call came in at 5:13 p.m. and it was quickly determined that a "dry" sprinkler system, which uses pressurized air or nitrogen rather than water, at the front of the store had activated and there was no fire.

Stone said the fire alarm company was called to make repairs and the store was allowed to quickly reopen, but employees have to conduct "fire watch" procedures until repairs are made.

"A fire watch requires a business to make rounds and inspect all areas of the business every 30 minutes while keeping a written log for detailing their findings," said Stone.

Stone said store employees began the evacuation themselves.

"In today’s society, all too often we become complacent and assume that an alarm is, in fact, just a false alarm," he said. "Good fire safety involves always placing yourself in the safest possible environment, therefore, I have great praise for the employees of Walmart for their efforts."

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.