Two teenage boys suspected of arson at Minnesota WalMart store

HUTCHINSON, Minn. (AP) – Officials say two 13-year-old boys are suspected of setting a fire at a Walmart store in Hutchinson that caused an estimated $1 million to $2 million in damage.

Hutchinson Police Chief Tom Gifferson says detectives used the store’s surveillance video to identify the boys.

The fire about 3 p.m. Sunday broke out in the men’s clothing section.

Gifferson says the store’s sprinkler system activated, but a small fire that was still burning was extinguished by firefighters.

The store was evacuated and there were no reports of injuries. It remained closed Monday.

The fire comes as 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.