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Police Seek Suspect In Tallahassee Wal-Mart Arson

Officials are asking for tips about who started an early-morning fire at the Wal-Mart on North Monroe Street in Tallahassee. The following is a press release from the Tallahassee Fire Department:

"May 22, 2013
At 2:13 a.m., units from the Tallahassee Fire Department were called out to the Wal-Mart, located at 3221 N. Monroe St., after someone set fire to paper products on a shelf inside the store. The small fire was contained by Wal-Mart associates and finally extinguished by firefighters upon arrival. Firefighters were on scene for more than an hour, clearing a large amount of smoke from the store so that the business could reopen.

The fire damage was limited to a small section of shelving and paper goods. Damage estimates were not available at the time of the incident, as Wal-Mart officials were still evaluating the damages. The store did reopen immediately following the incident, and no injuries were reported at the scene.

The State Fire Marshal’s office was called to the scene and is investigating the cause and origin of the fire, which is being classified as arson. The Leon County Sheriff’s office also assisted at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 877-No-Arson (877-662-7766) or visit

Citizens who provide tips can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $5,000 may be paid by the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention for a tip that leads directly to an arrest and conviction."