Authorities are reportedly offering $7,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the individual — or individuals — responsible for intentionally setting an Ohio Walmart's paper towel aisle on fire Tuesday.
Michael Duchesne, a spokesman for the Ohio State Fire Marshal, told The Athens News that an Athen's Walmart's 2:30 a.m. fire, which injured no one, was not an accident.
"It is definitely an intentionally set fire," Duchesne said.
"[T]he flames were quickly extinguished but there was still moderate damage to the building and extensive damage to the contents/merchandise," an Athens Police Department release reportedly added.
According to police, a 5-foot 8, 160-pound white male was seen leaving the scene of the crime, The Athens News reported.
A picture of the fire was posted online late Tuesday, sending the story viral. On Internet community website Reddit, a user posted a picture captioned, "Someone set the paper towel aisle on fire at Walmart."
The Walmart was closed Tuesday as authorities investigated the crime. Company officials are "still working through the damage" as well, according to The Athens News.
It was not clear if the store was open for business on Wednesday.
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