Wal-Mart Fire Ruled Arson

Walmart Fire 2Raleigh Police are investigating a fire inside a Wal-Mart store that led to the business being temporarily evacuated.  Around 1:30 am Sunday, a Raleigh police officer was conducting a traffic stop in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Glenwood Avenue when a store employee notified him there was a fire inside.

The officer radioed for fire crews to respond and the Raleigh Fire Department and regional hazardous materials team arrived on the scene a short time later

The fire occurred in the household products area and had been extenguished by employees. Emergency works evacuated the building because of the smoke and odor.

Police believe two males (in the surveillance image), in their teens or 20s, about 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 11, were responsible for setting the fire.  They are believed to have gone to the store and left in a white sedan. There were no injuries and damage was limited to products and shelving in a confined area.  The store later reopened after fire crews removed the smoke from inside.   

Anyone who believes they recognize either of the two suspects or who has other information that might assist the investigation of the incident is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visitraleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.  Photos by JoCoFire.com