Three Rivers PD: Woman starts fire at Walmart

Surveillance video of the Three Rivers Walmart arson suspect. (June 22, 2014)
Surveillance video of the Three Rivers Walmart arson suspect. (June 22, 2014)

THREE RIVERS, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — Police say a woman started a fire at a Walmart in southwestern Michigan that shut down the store.

The arson happened just after midnight Monday at the Walmart on S. Tolbert Drive in Three Rivers, according to the Three Rivers Police Department.

Authorities say surveillance video shows the woman setting the fire before leaving through the north entrance. The Walmart was evacuated. No one was hurt.

The fire was limited to one aisle in the store. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee says there was no structural damage, but meat, produce and some shelf items had to be discarded due to water and smoke damage, the Associated Press reports. Damage is estimated at more than $10,000, police say.

The woman who set the fire is described as a white woman with straight, blonde hair and a stocky build. She was last seen wearing a  light-colored shirt with dark, horizontal stripes, shorts, and flip flops.

She is believed to have left the store in a full-sized, light-colored pickup truck from either the late 1980s or early 1990s.

The store was closed Monday. Cleanup and maintenance was expected to take about 24 hours, according to police. The pharmacy is open in the meantime, the AP says.

Anyone with information is asked to call central dispatch at 269.467.4195 or the Three Rivers Police Department at 269.278.1235.

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