Juvenile charged with Wal-Mart fire
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 1:00 AM
Police are looking for a motive after a juvenile was charged with setting a portion of the sporting goods section at Wal-Mart on fire early Saturday morning, closing the discount center for about four hours because of smoke, the authorities said.
A fire damaged a section of sporting goods at Wal-Mart.
Police Chief Grant Myers said a juvenile was charged with arson in connection with the fire, which burned a small section of hunting apparel.
The fire was reported at 1:05 a.m. on Saturday.
Fire Investigator Steve Copeland said he along with police officers arrived at the scene and found a small area in the sporting goods section of Wal-Mart had been burned.
"A roughly four-by-eight foot section of hunting clothes had been burned," Copeland said.
A Wal-Mart associate had seen the smoke and put the fire out before firefighters arrived, Copeland said.
"It was out in about 15 to 20 seconds," he said.
After the fire had been extinguished, the store had to be closed for about four hours to ventilate, Copeland said.
Initially after the incident, investigators were searching for two people caught on surveillance video near the scene about the time the fire was set, Copeland said.
By Monday morning police had arrested and charged one juvenile with the crime, Chief Myers said.