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Information Sought in $250,000 Wal-Mart Fire

3/9/2007

                        
CONTACT: Detective Murray McDonald 
                (386) 323-0941; or Nina Banister
                (850) 413-2842 
 
PALM COAST—Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who also serves as State Fire Marshal, announced that the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations (BFAI) is asking for the public’s help in apprehending two individuals responsible for a fire last Saturday at a Wal-Mart. The fire spread quickly, chasing as many as 500 customers, including children and people in wheelchairs, from the store.  The fire caused about $250,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.
 
“This could have been a deadly situation and we are aggressively investigating this crime,” said CFO Sink.  “We hope someone will have information that will help us immediately catch who did this.”
 
The fire occurred shortly after 5:40 p.m., March 3, at the Wal-Mart located at 174 Cypress Point Parkway.  Store video of the fire being set is being distributed to media in the central Florida region with the aim that someone will identify the perpetrators or provide more information.
 
The BFAI is working the investigation along with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  The Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
 
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin.  Anyone with information about this case or any incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON).