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Teen Arrested in Stuffed Toy Animal Fire at Walmart

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    Arrest in Stuffed Toy Animal Fire

    A 13-year-old has been arrested after an alleged arson fire in Glendora on Wednesday morning. Annette Arreola reports for Today in LA on Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014)

    A 13-year-old has been arrested after allegedly starting an arson fire in Glendora on Wednesday morning.

    One person was treated at the scene for "shortness of breath," but there were no injuries following the incident at Wal-Mart at 1950 Auto Center Drive, which was reported just after midnight according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

    Some teddy bears were set alight on a shelf at the rear of the 24-hour store, but a quick thinking customer was able to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived. The busy store was evacuated for almost three hours while the scene was dealt with. It is estimated the damage to the store is in the $200 range.

    "I was shopping here at the Walmart picking up some essentials... next thing you know there is a fire coming out of the aisle," a shopper said.

    After surveillance video was examined, a suspect who remained at the scene was arrested. According to police he has had no prior run-ins with the police, and is expected to be turned over to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey. The District Attorney will decide what further action will be taken over the matter.

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