Two boys arrested after Walmart fire that caused up to $2 million damage

The fire was reported on Sunday afternoon.
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Two boys have been taken into custody in connection with a fire at a Walmart in Hutchinson, Minnesota, that caused up to $2 million-worth of damage.

The fire was reported in the store at 1300 Hwy. 15 S. just after 3 p.m. on Sunday, with responders finding it had been started in the men's clothing department, setting off the sprinkler system.

There was still a small fire burning when firefighters arrived, and it was put out by extinguishers.

Investigators determined the fire had been set on purpose, with two 13-year-old local boys later identified using store surveillance.

They were taken into police custody, with charges now pending from the McLeod County Attorney's Office.

The State Fire Marshal estimates that the damage caused by the fire is between $1-2 million.

It comes in a week that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported a 14 percent increase in fire-related deaths in Minnesota.

There were 42 fire deaths in the state in 2019, compared to 37 a year before. 

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