The fire was set in a rack of clothing near the men's section in the middle of the building. Employees moved quickly with extinguishers to douse the blaze while also getting shoppers and crew members to safety. Gwinnett Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge commended store employees for their quick response, saying, "The staff did a good job of getting everyone out safe and with helping to contain the fire".
No one was hurt, and the fire did not get beyond the area where it started. However, smoke spread to a larger area and was the cause of most of the damage within the store.
If you have information on the cause of this fire, or know this person of interest, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Investigation Section at 678.518.4890 or the Georgia Arson Control Hot Line at 1.800.282.5804. A reward is offered by Georgia Arson Control for information leading to the arrest and conviction of someone responsible for arson, which is a felony.