No foul play detected as cardboard receptacle burns outside Walmart Supercenter in Richland

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Heavy smoke surrounded the Richland Walmart store early Monday morning.

RICHLAND, Wash. — Nearly a dozen emergency vehicles raced to the area of the Walmart Superstore on the 2800-block of Duportail St on Monday morning after several concerned community members reported plumes of smoke rising above the shopping center.

First responders arrived after reports of the fire trickled in just after 8:00 a.m. on June 20, 2022. This incident comes shortly after a suspected arson occurred at the Walmart location in Kennewick.

According to a social media alert from the Richland Police Department, officers assisted with the response and learned that the fire stemmed from a large cardboard recycling receptible. By this stage of their investigation, local authorities have no reason to believe it was an intentional act of malice.

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However, investigators from the Richland Fire Department are still working to determine the cause of this fire.

KAPP-KVEW’s crews at the scene of the fire saw the plume of smoke blocks away from the store. It quickly became apparent that the smoke was concentrated near shipping containers in a section removed from the structure itself.

Richland Fire Chief Tom Huntington told KAPP-KVEW that the fire burned through dense bales of cardboard inside some of those containers. The store was forced to shut down temporarily on Monday morning to assess some cosmetic damage to the exterior of the store.

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