Arsonist strikes W. Knoxville big box store

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KNOXVILLE (WVLT) – Fire investigators are trying to track down the person responsible for setting a fire Saturday night in the West Knoxville Big Lots.

Fire crews were called to the scene on North Peters Road just before 6:30 PM.

According to investigators, the fire was small and contained to a few shelves of outdoor patio furniture that was still in boxes.

A quick-thinking customer grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out before fire fighters arrived on scene.

Arson investigators believe the fire was set by someone who used a lighter from an in-store display.

The fire department is still trying to track down several potential witnesses whom security cameras place near where the fire started, in the middle of the store.

If you have any information, please call investigators at (865) 637-1386

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