COVINGTON — The State Fire Marshal’s Office is searching for two suspects whom they believe intentionally set a fire at the Covington Walmart with hundreds of customers inside.
Investigators state that the fire was ignited in the automotive section of the store around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday. Close to 200 shoppers were evacuated, and no injuries were reported. Video evidence led them to two young male suspects in the vicinity when the fire started.
Both men bear similar logos on their t-shirts. One suspect, with brown hair, wore a light blue t-shirt, dark shorts, black and white sandals, and white socks. The other suspect, with blonde hair, wore a dark gray t-shirt, khaki shorts, and brown sandals, along with white socks.
The two individuals were observed departing the parking lot in what appears to be a dark-colored SUV or SUV-crossover. They were heading north on Hwy. 190.
The store remains closed until further notice.
Anyone possessing information regarding the identities of the suspects or their whereabouts can contact the State Fire Marshal’s arson hotline at 1-844-954-1221 or submit a tip online at lasfm.org.