Sheriff’s Department: 1 Deputy Killed, 1 Injured in Rancho Cordova

Suspect Arrested After Starting Fire in South Sacramento Walmart

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SOUTH SACRAMENTO -- Police arrested a man Saturday after he started a fire in a South Sacramento Walmart.

Witnesses say around 3:30 p.m. a man took lighter fluid and sprayed a display shelf near a can of paint or varnish then lit the area on fire.

Customers and employees in the store on Gerber and Elk Grove Florin roads used fire extinguishers to put out the flames.

The store was evacuated as the man who started the fire attempted to walk away with what appeared to be a red bag full of goods.

Since he was still in the store when officers arrived, officials could not say if he was trying to steal anything. However, witnesses suspect he was using the fire as a diversion to take products.

Police report they took the man into custody on suspicion of arson.

No one was hurt in the fire or the evacuations that followed.

The store reopened an hour after the incident.