The suspects were taken into custody and no one was hurt on Tuesday after someone deliberately set fire to the filing cabinet at a Walmart in Rowlett, according to the Rowlett Fire Department.
“Three minors installed it,” Fire Marshal Thomas Cooper said, adding that the store suffered significant damage due to the fire.
“They are reporting losses approaching $1 million,” he said, adding that most of the goods near the fire, including clothing, were affected by the smoke.
“And any food that ran out had to be destroyed,” he said.
The suspects were each charged with one arson and were taken into custody at the Rockwall County Juvenile Detention Center.
The Walmart supercenter will be closed for at least a few days.
Rowlett firefighters responded to reports of a store fire, 2501 Lakeview Parkway, at approximately 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.
The first crews to arrive on the scene reported heavy smoke and the store’s sprinkler system went off.
The fire was quickly extinguished with minimal damage to the building, and no injuries were reported among customers or employees.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the fire started in the paper aisle and was deliberately set.
“The suspects have been taken into custody, the investigation continues,” the Ministry of Emergency Situations said in a statement.