Suspect arrested after setting fire at Garners Ferry Road Walmart

Published: May. 11, 2023 at 4:41 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Columbia Police Department investigators have identified the man who is suspected of intentionally igniting merchandise inside the Garners Ferry Road Walmart.

The fire occurred around 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 11.

According to law enforcement, Laurence Blocker was seen on camera setting off a pack of fireworks inside the store.

Blocker was arrested and is being charged with arson second degree.

The fire was investigated by the Columbia-Richland Fire Department as the fire marshal’s office tried to determine what was the cause of the fire.

Everyone inside the store was evacuated and no one was reported injured.

CPD says he will be taken to the Alvin S Glenn Detention Center.

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