UPDATE: Two juveniles arrested in connection with fire at Covington Walmart
By Ka'Cell El-Mansura,2023-06-06
UPDATE, June 6, 7:30 a.m.: The Covington Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested two teens who are accused of setting a fire over the weekend at a Walmart store.
The 17-year-old and 15-year-old boys, both from Covington, were arrested by St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office Monday, June 5th around 7:30 p.m. Both teens face one count of Aggravated Arson, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Arson and Manufacture and Possession of a Delayed Action Incendiary Device.
“We are grateful that the Northshore community stood up for itself today and made a stance against arson,” said State Fire Marshal Chief Dan Wallis. “While it is very unfortunate two young people have been arrested in this case, I am hopeful that this situation encourages all adults to remind children and teens that fire is not a toy. Fire is very dangerous and can change lives in an instant, just like in this case.”
ORIGINAL STORY: COVINGTON, La. ( WGNO ) —The Covington Fire Marshal’s Office is searching for two people who are accused of setting a fire over the weekend at a Walmart store.
On Sunday, June 4, firefighters with St. Tammany Fire District #12 responded to a call around 8:15 p.m. about a fire inside the store on North Highway 190. By the time they arrived, the flames had consumed an aisle of automotive products.
The store was operating with about 200 customers inside. Everyone was evacuated with no reported injuries.
One witness told WGNO a teenager had a lighter in the automotive section, which they believe caused the fire.
Check out video footage from the scene:
After reviewing surveillance footage, investigators believe the fire was intentionally set by two unidentified males. One of the suspects was described as a white male with brown hair and was last seen wearing a light blue t-shirt, dark shorts, and black and white sandals with white, calf-length socks.
The second suspect was described as a white male with dirty blond colored hair and last seen wearing a dark gray t-shirt with khaki-colored shorts, and brown sandals with white, calf-length socks.
According to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, an investigation revealed the two males wore the same unidentified logo on their clothing. Footage further shows the two leaving the parking lot in a small SUV and going north on Highway 190.
There is no word on when the store will reopen.
Anyone with information about these individuals’ identities and whereabouts to contact our Arson Hotline at 1-844-954-1221 or share the information through our online tip form found at lasfm.org.
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