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Niles Walmart evacuated after customer starts small fire

NILES, Mich.-- Police are looking for a man who started a fire in the apparel section at Walmart. The suspect broke a case, took several electronics, and fled the scene.


Customers were evacuated just before 5 a.m. Sunday.


Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said no one was hurt, and no one is in custody.


The Walmart at 2107 S. 11th Street in Niles will be closed until Tuesday morning for water and fire damage cleanup.


Police said the arsonist was wearing a mask, brown pants, and a dark colored shirt.


Hundreds of customers showed up to Walmart to shop Sunday afternoon and were turned away.


Ida Smoot said, “I’m just really shocked because I don’t understand. I just want to go shopping at Walmart. I don’t understand. It’s my favorite store!”


Police describe the suspect from surveillance footage as a white male with a thin build.


The man was wearing a mask and fled in a dark-colored four door vehicle.


If you have any information call the Berrien County Sheriffs Department or Crime Stoppers.

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