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Man sets fire to children’s Halloween costumes on Walmart store shelf

By Mason White 5:37 PM October 18, 2015
The fire in Walmart 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after he set fire to Halloween costumes inside a Walmart store in California.

Police said that the man set fire to Halloween costumes as he shopped at Walmart, causing a fire that spread in the store.

The incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. in the Walmart store in San Leandro. A video of the incident, which was recorded on a cellphone, shows store personnel desperately trying to extinguish the fire in the isle of the Halloween costumes before the smoke enveloped the store.

Police have arrested the 40-year-old man on suspicion of arson. Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro Police department, said that the surveillance videos from the store shows the man entering the store and taking a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid from the gardening section.

He then sprayed several shelves with the liquid before setting fire to the Halloween costumes. Alameda County Health Department officials inspected the store and allowed it to reopen at 5:00 p.m.

Several isles were closed, and a lot of Halloween costumes and candy were damaged and removed from the store.