Fire-damaged Cedar Park Walmart to partially reopen Monday

A woman captured video of a fire inside the Cedar Park WalMart (Courtesy Jackie Sinclair)
A woman captured video of a fire inside the Cedar Park WalMart (Courtesy Jackie Sinclair)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Walmart in Cedar Park will reopen part of its store Monday as it recovers from two fires investigators believe were intentionally lit inside last week.

The Walmart will open only its grocery side at 8 a.m., according to an employee who answered the phone there Monday morning. It was shut for one of the company’s biggest days of the year, Black Friday, after the flames were discovered Wednesday around 1:44 a.m. at the store on 201 Walton Way.

A customer videoed the flames on her phone as she and others evacuated. “Time to go,” she said on the video, “That’s a little too big for my taste.” Sprinklers went off and put out most of the flames. No one was hurt.

Police say they have a suspect who is not a Walmart employee, but as of Thursday that person had not been arrested or charged.

Last week Walmart said it would not release how much the flames damaged, and encouraged customers to visit other nearby stores in the meantime. Employees temporarily moved to other stores so they could still work.

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