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2 children burn greeting cards at Walmart

By Mason White 10:19 AM January 28, 2015
The suspects 

By: Mahesh Sarin
Police arrested to young children for setting fire to greeting cards inside Walmart.

The two young children of South Carolina, are facing charges of arson after causing damage to the Walmart in Columbia.

Police identified the suspects as an 11-year-old boy and his 13-year-old cousin. Both were charged with arson in the third degree, for the fire they set in the greeting cards section that caused millions of dollars in damages, according to the Columbia Police Department.

The store suffered extensive smoke damage. The sprinkler system contained the fire and stopped it from spreading until firefighters could extinguish the fire completely, Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins said.

Police released photos of the suspects taken from video surveillance at Walmart. The parents of the children turned them in to police to face the felony charge.

The 11-year-old boy is accused of stealing a lighter from the Walmart store and used it to set the fire.

The Walmart was forced to close for repairs. After being charged, the two young children were released to the custody of their parents.