Person of interest in PetSmart fire comes forward, is cleared by police

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

Police released surveillance video showing a person of interest.

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.

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