A Monday afternoon fire at the Tecumseh Dollar General store has been determined to be arson, and a suspect is in custody.
The fire was called in around 12:30 PM yesterday, believed to have been started in the paper products section, according to WLEN.
When fire crews showed up, they could see smoke coming from both the rear of the building and the front door, and as soon as they opened that door, black smoke came billowing out of the building.
Firefighters had to break several windows and cut holes in the ceiling to create ventilation, and Tecumseh Fire Chief Joe Tuckey says the building was probably too small to fall under requirements for a fire sprinkler system.
The amount of building damage is unknown, but there was substantial damage to the store’s products. No injuries have been reported.
This morning, the Tecumseh Police Department issued a statement, saying that they reviewed video surveillance and conducted witness interviews, leading them to the conclusion that a supposed customer had intentionally started the fire.
A 28-year-old male Tecumseh resident is currently lodged at the Lenawee County Jail on charges related to arson, and additional charges may be filed after a full investigation. His name is being withheld pending arraignment.