A man has been arrested for setting a fire in the Nacogdoches Wal-Mart and the location will be closed for an unknown amount of time. The fire was set in the men's wear and sock areas. Damage is limited to the area, but will take workers time to get the store ready again for customers. The fire happened at around 1am Sunday Night/Monday Morning.

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ARSON INVESTIGATION

NACOGDOCHES,TX (June 10, 2019) Just before 1:00 a.m. Monday morning, Nacogdoches Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a fire at 4810 North St which is also known as Walmart Superstore. Firefighters located a fire in the clothing section of the store that employees were attempting to extinguish with fire extinguishers. Fire crews were able to get the fire extinguished. At this time no individuals are believed to have been injured as a result of the fire.

Fire and Police Department Personnel determined the fire was a result of arson and immediately began an investigation to determine who the suspect was. Officers located a person of interest still on the scene. During the course of the investigation, Officers developed probable cause to believe this individual was the person who intentionally set the fire and placed him into custody on the charge of Arson F-2. The suspect was identified to be Scott Gilbert 38 years of age from Arkansas. The suspect is currently at the Nacogdoches County Jail.

The store suffered extensive smoke damage and is currently closed. At this time it is unknown when the store will be reopened. - Nacogdoches Police & Fire Department

Wal-Mart in Lufkin and Nacogdoches have been experiencing an undue amount of crime at the stores. Of course there is the usual shoplifting cases, theft from the parking lot and the usual. Lately it seems to have gone up a level.

This isn't even the first time a fire has been set at a local Wal-Mart. Lufkin had a similar issue in the chip isle at one time. Just last week a man was caught in the Lufkin Wal-Mart for indecent exposure and more. The Murphy USA gas station was robbed by three men last week in Lufkin.