MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – Mobile investigators are now looking for two different people charged with very similar crimes, setting fire to the interior of Mobile Walmart stores just 24 hours apart.
The first fire broke out at Beltline Walmart on Thursday, then on Friday in Rangeline.
Photos shared with FOX10 News show the spooky moments inside the busy Rangeline store, captured by people who saw the large fireball burst inside, flames hitting the ceiling.
In another video, you can hear the fire alarms sounding as smoke filled several aisles in the hardware section at the back of the store.
#RUPTURE: A @ FOX10News the viewer just sent me this video of the fire inside the Walmart on Rangeline Rd. It comes just a day after MPD said an arsonist started “multiple fires” at another Walmart in the area . Not clear if these are connected. Details: https://t.co/uhGxmGTjSm pic.twitter.com/Qllmd2S0dX
– Tyler Fingert (@TylerFingert) May 28, 2021
“It was weird because I was here pushing a cart and I turned my head and like the doors were flooded with people. Everyone was really frantic, ”said Anthony Rivers.
Mobile Fire-Rescue says for the second day in a row that an arsonist is to blame.
Fire investigators say a number of AC units were set on fire.
“They said it was really big and if you looked at the doors there was smoke like waves.”
Just 24 hours earlier, firefighters were called to Walmart on the belt line after investigators said a man, who was seen exiting the store by surveillance cameras, started several small fires in the area. interior of the store.
Although the two crimes are similar, fire investigators say the arsonist filmed on Friday at Rangeline Walmart is not the same person.
“Anyone who lights these Walmart on fire, relax because I’m trying to make some money.”
Hours after the Tillman corner fire, MFRD was called in about a fire at Beltline Walmart, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
FOX10 News has heard that someone may have been arrested near this location, but it is not clear if this is related to the arson attacks.
Mobile Fire-Rescue says the Rangeline Walmart suffered significant damage, but luckily no one was injured in either fire.
The store was closed Friday night. We don’t know when it will reopen.
MPD has yet to release any surveillance footage or photos of the suspect from Friday.
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