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Fires inside Richland Walmart have police seeking 2 suspects. Store was closed for hours

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Police are hunting for two suspects caught on video when three fires were set inside Richland’s Walmart Thursday night.

Employees first noticed a small fire in the garden center shortly after 10:30 p.m., called 911 and grabbed a fire extinguisher, Richland Battalion Chiefs Ron Duncan and Mike Wroolie said.

As Richland firefighters were responding to the store on Duportail Street, employees found additional fires in the housewares section and the stationery area.

All of them were small, and were quickly extinguished, and no one was hurt.

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Richland police are looking for this unidentified man who was at the Richland Walmart Thursday night when three fires were set. Courtesy Richland Police Department

It forced the store to close for nearly five hours while firefighters and store employees used fans to get rid of the smoke.

It’s uncertain how much damage the smoke did before they got it out, but the flames didn’t spread far, officials said.

Police used surveillance video to identify two suspects, Christopher Crappa, 26, and a man wearing a gray T-shirt and baseball hat.

Anyone with information about the fires or men is asked to call Richland police at 509-628-0333.

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Richland police are looking for Christopher Crappa, 26, who was at the Richland Walmart when three fires were set Thursday night. Courtesy Richland Police Department

Intentional fires in big box retailers are rare for the area, but not unheard of.

Daniel R. Wright started a blaze in the garden center of Richland’s Fred Meyer in January 2018 so he could steal a PlayStation. He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree arson.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.
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