An Ontario Walmart Was Set On Fire Again Last Night & Toilet Paper Was Used As Kindling

The same store was shut down last October.

Toronto Staff Writer
Ontario Walmart Was Set On Fire Again Last Night & Toilet Paper Was Used As Kindling

An Ontario Walmart was set on fire last night for the second time in under a year in an act of arson that has resulted in charges.

According to Waterloo Regional Police, officers responded to an incident of a garbage bin that was set on fire outside a store in the Sunrise Shopping Centre at 1400 Ottawa St. S. at around 9 p.m. on Thursday. They were then called to another fire that had been started inside a business in the shopping centre.

An investigation determined that both fires were deliberately set, and a suspect had fled the area. Police were later able to locate the individual and make an arrest.

Fire officials told CTV News that the fire took place at the Walmart in the store's toilet paper section.

A 42-year-old Kitchener woman was charged with arson - damage to property, arson - disregard human life, mischief over $5,000, theft under $5,000 and obstructing police. The suspect was held in custody for a bail hearing.*

The incident resulted in an estimated $3 million in damages to the store.

The Sunrise Centre Walmart was forced to shut down for almost a month last October after a similar incident in which toilet paper was used to start a fire.

*This article has been updated.

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