2 teens arrested, suspected of setting Walmart fire

HUTCHINSON, Minn. (AP) — Two 13-year-old boys are suspected of setting a fire at a Walmart store in Hutchinson that caused an estimated $1 million to $2 million in damage, according to officials.

Hutchinson Police Chief Tom Gifferson tells the Star Tribune detectives used the store’s surveillance video to identify the boys.

The fire about 3 p.m. Sunday broke out in the men’s clothing section. Gifferson says the store’s sprinkler system activated, but a small fire that was still burning was extinguished by firefighters.

The store was evacuated and there were no reports of injuries. It remained closed Monday, according to Walmart spokeswoman Casey Staheli.

“We’re grateful no customers or associates were hurt,” said Staheli. “We appreciate the quick response of local firefighters and law enforcement and are assisting them as they investigate.”.