Shortly after midnight Monday, June 4, the Delta Fire Department was paged to the north side of Walmart for a plastic bale on fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found large amounts of fire and smoke on the northwest corner of the parking lot near the intersection with Circle Drive.
They immediately began to extinguish the blaze using water from a fire hydrant near the Bona Fide ditch. The firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control in about 10 minutes. They then used a Walmart forklift to move each bale of cardboard and plastic around the rear parking lot. Each bale was broken and the contents spread on the ground so they could be thoroughly watered down. They thorougly checked the surrounding area to ensure the fire had not spread to the nearby canal or wetlands.
Delta Fire had seven trucks and 18 members on scene for just over two hours.
With the help of witnesses and investigation by the Delta Fire Department and the Delta Police Department, a suspected point of origin was found but the cause and any pending charges remain under investigation by the Delta Police Department. On Tuesday afternoon before press time, it was not yet known if the cause was accidental or intentional. Video surveillance has been requested from Walmart.
The loss of cardboard to be recycled is estimated at $9,500. Cleanup will likely cost another $2,500.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Delta Police Department at 874-7676 or Crimestoppers at 874-8810.blog comments powered by Disqus