Arson fires set at local department store

Ada firefighters and police respond to Wal-Mart in Ada after an employee allegedly set fires in the store's restrooms Monday.

By Randy Mitchell

The Ada News

Ada — A local department store employee was arrested Monday after allegedly setting two fires at her place of employment.

Lois Smith, 45, an employee of Wal-Mart in Ada, told Ada Police Officer Brad Rhoads she was feeling stressed out when she set the fires.

The first fire was set in the trash can of the women's restroom in the back of the store. Wal-Mart employees extinguished the fire but didn't call for firefighters or police, thinking it may have been caused by a carelessly tossed match or cigarette.

Another fire was set about 30 minutes later in the men's restroom. Employees extinguished the fire and called for Ada firefighters and police.

Police and store officials reviewed video camera footage and Smith was seen entering both restrooms just before the fires started, Rhoads said.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson. No one was injured, and damage was contained to the trash cans.

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