Fire at Winston-Salem Walmart ruled as arson

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A fire at a Walmart in Winston-Salem Sunday evening has been ruled as arson, according to authorities.

The call came in just before 7 p.m. at the Walmart on Kestermill Road.

Quick thinking customers had already put the fire out with a small extinguisher before firefighters arrived.

Investigation revealed that a fire was purposefully started inside the Walmart. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the small fire was started by an unknown object in the women’s sleepwear section and caused about $150 damage to clothing.

Customers were evacuated and the store was closed for about two hours Sunday. No injuries were reported.

Tina Johnson, who was shopping with her son and a friend, watched the scene unfold. Johnson told the Journal that she was not far from the women’s sleepwear section when she heard a man saying “Fire!” She said one man jerked pajamas off the rack and another man used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.

Winston-Salem Police are continuing to investigate the fire as arson.

Anyone with information about the reported incident is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Fire Department or Crime Stoppers at 727-2800.

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