Toilet paper set on fire at back of HEB store in SW Houston

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- An HEB in southwest Houston will be closed indefinitely after a fire was started inside the grocery store Wednesday evening.

The fire erupted around 7:30pm at the store in off Beechnut and the Beltway.

According to fire officials at the scene, someone set fire to toilet paper in the back of the store. Fire officials on the scene say when the fire started, employees tried to put it out with extinguishers. Firefighters then arrived to help.

An HEB spokesperson said everyone was evacuated and no injuries were reported.

However, the store's sprinkler system went off, drenching parts of the store, and smoke also filled the air.

Officials said the store will be shut down until health inspectors can examine what kind of damage was made to the products inside. The HEB spokesperson didn't know how long that process will take.

HEB says it is working with HFD on the investigation, which they're classifying as arson.

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