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Former employee suspected of starting fire in Eastlake Walmart

Posted at 11:28 AM, Jun 24, 2018

Eastlake police were called to Walmart on Saturday after a fire was started in the fabric aisle.

A store manager used two fire extinguishers to put the fire out before police arrived. When officers got to Walmart at 33752 Vine Street, they said they could see smoke inside.

The store was evacuated and Eastlake fire personnel made sure the fire was out.

Officers discovered an employee had just been terminated and was suspected of starting the fire. Police said he left the store before they arrived.

Walmart personnel assisted police with obtaining surveillance video of the suspect and the fire. Eastlake police said the suspect later came to the department to turn himself in. He was questioned and admitted to starting the fire, officers said.

The suspect is expected to be formally charged with aggravated arson on Monday, according to police