The same store was shut down last October.
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.
@vidman looks like Sunrise Walmart is being evacuated, lots of people leaving, 3 fire and 4 WRPS or so, any ideas?… https://t.co/tG0Dokryn3— TyeDye (@TyeDye) 1631236394.0
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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