Teens Arrested in Marianna for Starting Fires in a Walmart

Posted at 3:33 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 15:33:00-05

MARIANNA, Fla. (WTXL) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says two juveniles have been arrested for setting two fires in a Marianna Walmart. They told deputies the main reason they did it was "because they were bored."

JSCO said that on March 3, around 10:30 p.m., they and Jackson County Fire Rescue were called to a Walmart on S.R. 71 in Marianna. 

When they arrived, the fire had already been extinguished by people inside the store. 

Surveillance footage revealed that 2 teen girls lit two candles in two different places and left them. As a result of their actions, the area where the first candle was lit burned the flooring causing damage. The second location, where a candle was placed in a box, ignited other boxes and the fire was seen burning above the shelves and spreading. 

They said that during the time these fires were set, there were over 100 people inside the store shopping. Due to the quick actions of patrons and Walmart personnel extinguishing these fires, many lives were possibly saved.

Both the 14-year-old and 16-year-old were arrested for 1st degree arson and criminal mischief on March 5, around 6:30 p.m. and were interviewed.

During post Miranda statements, both juveniles confessed to starting the fires stating the main reason for starting the fires were because they were bored.

Both juveniles were transported to secure detention in Bay County, Florida.