A woman has been arrested for starting a fire at the Target store in Buena Park.
According to the authorities, the suspect deliberately set the fire to divert attention and proceed with stealing baby formula. A Target store in Buena Park, California, fell victim to an intentional fire allegedly set by a woman. The woman has been arrested and charged for her crime.
On the evening of September 5th, a fire broke out at the Target store in the 7500 block of Orangethorpe Avenue. The Orange County Fire Department received a call and immediately dispatched their crew to extinguish the fire.
According to a customer’s video footage, the flames that erupted from the children’s clothing section of the store reached the ceiling. However, thanks to the store’s sprinkler system, the pets were contained until a worker promptly arrived with a fire extinguisher.
Initially, authorities deemed the fire suspicious, but later on Tuesday, they confirmed that an individual deliberately set it. The fire was a diversionary tactic to allow the culprit, 40-year-old Cynthia Torres, to steal baby formula. Buena Park Police apprehended Torres in connection to the incident.
According to the department, they will reveal further information regarding their investigation shortly.
According to the police report, the store suffered $500,000 in damages due to the fire. In addition, there was an estimated $1 million in retail loss, mainly due to the water and smoke damage caused by the fire.
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