UPDATE: Tucson Walmart reopens after being hit by arsonist on Christmas Eve

A Walmart on Tucson's east side was hit by an arsonist on Friday, Dec. 24.
A Walmart on Tucson's east side was hit by an arsonist on Friday, Dec. 24.(Tucson Fire Department)
Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 11:57 AM MST|Updated: Jan. 7, 2022 at 11:56 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A Walmart on Tucson’s east side partially reopened Friday, Jan. 7, two weeks after it was hit by an arsonist.

A Walmart spokeswoman said the store, located at 7150 East Speedway Boulevard, will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“Executives and associates are working hard to get the store fully reopened to serve customers as soon as possible,” said Lauren Willis, a global communications director for the company.

(Tucson Fire Department)

The Tucson Police Department confirmed the Christmas Eve fire is being investigated as arson. No suspects have been identified but anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME or go to www.88CRIME.org.

The Tucson Fire Department said crews were called to the store around 7 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 24.

The TFD said three to four aisles, mainly paper products, were on fire.

With the help of a working sprinkler system, crews were able to attack the fire and put it out quickly.

TFD stayed on the scene for several hours to “extinguish any hot spots and clear the air inside the building.”

There were no injuries reported.

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