by: Kevin McCarty Updated:
TACOMA, Wash. - A person of interest in an arson fire at a Tacoma pet store came forward and was interviewed by police on Monday.
Police said he was not considered a suspect.
The man was seen in surveillance video during a fire at PetSmart in Tacoma on February 28. Police said he contacted them after seeing himself in a story about the fire that aired on KIRO 7 on Wednesday.
Police wanted to talk to the man because they said he acted suspiciously, walking in and out of the store, telling people he was a firefighter, but then leaving when fire crews arrived.
Investigators said on Monday that the man was in fact an off-duty firefighter and they consider him a witness in the case and no longer a person of interest.
The fire, which was set in a display at the rear of the store, caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage. No arrests have been made in the case.
Person of interest in PetSmart fire comes forward, is cleared by police
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