Grocery side of Walmart on Burbank reopens after young juvenile started a fire inside store

Photo courtesy of St. George Fire Department

BATON ROUGE- The Walmart on Burbank Dr. has reopened it’s grocery side after a juvenile intentionally set a fire in the building Sunday night, the St. George Fire Department said.

Officials said just before 8 p.m., St. George Firefighters were called to the store in the 10550 block of Burbank for a reported fire on Feb. 18.

The accused is believed to be a young juvenile who started the fire in the arts and crafts aisle at the Walmart, according to St. George officials.

When firefighters arrived, the building had already been evacuated. They were told the fire had started in the middle of the store and the sprinkler heads had automatically been activated.

Although the fire was contained to one aisle, the entire store was damaged forcing a temporary closure. The water and smoke damage took over the entire building.

Sources tell UWK the young child was with his guardian, who was shopping at the Walmart. The juvenile allegedly went to another aisle, the arts and crafts aisle, where he is said to have started the fire.

St. George fire officials continue their investigation into the suspected arson and juvenile.

The grocery side of the store reopened this past weekend but it’s unclear when the rest of the store will open back up for business. There was heavy smoke and water damage to the entire store.

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