Fire closes upper floor of north Surrey Walmart; police release photo of suspect

Surrey RCMP say investigation is ongoing

Surrey RCMP has released an image of the suspect who allegedly started a fire inside the Walmart connected to Central City Mall in Whalley on Wednesday (March 23).

Surrey RCMP has released an image of the suspect who allegedly started a fire inside the Walmart connected to Central City Mall in Whalley on Wednesday (March 23).

Surrey RCMP say it’s investigating after a fire at the Whalley Walmart Wednesday (March 23).

Around 7:30 p.m., police received a report of “a man lighting something on fire” inside the Walmart at Central City Mall, 10153 King George Blvd., according to a press release from Surrey RCMP Cpl. Vanessa Munn.

Munn said “the fire was small and quickly extinguished by staff.”

She added the suspect “fled the area immediately after lighting the item on fire,” and the investigation is ongoing. Police are looking for a white man in his 30’s with a medium build. He was wearing a grey jacket, black hoodie, blue t-shirt, grey sweatpants, dark baseball cap, dark gloves, a medical mask and was carrying a black duffle bag.

“An employee witnessed the man light the item on fire and flee the store,” Munn said. No injuries were reported.

Greg McRobbie, Surrey Fire Service assistant chief operations, said the department received a call for a post-fire inspection and two trucks were dispatched to investigate.

Meantime a statement from Walmart Canada says that “the safety of our associates and customers is a top priority.”

The statement adds the upper floor of the store is currently closed “as we carry out the necessary clean-up and repairs resulting from the arson. Many items will likely need to be destroyed due to the damage.”

There is no timeline yet as to when the upper floor will reopen.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.



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