Someone lit paper towel on fire at a Walmart in Canada
A 12 year-old boy is facing arson charges after allegedly lighting paper towel on fire in a Walmart in Regina Tuesday night and causing significant damage to the store.
According to a news release from Regina Police, Regina Fire and Protective Services, EMS and police were called to a Walmart in the 3900 block of Rochdale Boulevard at around 8:30 p.m. over reports of a fire.
A 12 year old kid started the fire at the North Walmart in Regina, Saskatchewan last night.— Mike D. (@DouceyD) December 11, 2019
Say what you will about a Walmart but I feel for all the staff that are now out of work just before Christmas.
"When it was established that there was nobody left inside the building and the fire was extinguished, the property was secured so no one could enter," the release states.
"Police and fire officials then began what would become a criminal investigation."
Video footage of the fire shows that it began in the paper towel aisle, and police said "the smoke and water damage to the merchandise in the store is described as significant."
Fire in paper towel aisle forces people out of Regina Walmart https://t.co/tqekc4dio6 #yqr #sask #skfire #yqrcrime pic.twitter.com/DS7OY7Hpmm— CBC Saskatchewan (@CBCSask) December 11, 2019
With the help of management and security staff at the store, who made video available to police, a suspect was found, arrested and charged on Wednesday.
The suspect is a 12 year old-boy and therefore cannot be named in accordance with the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
He's set to make his first appearance on this charge in Youth Court Thursday morning.
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