Employee Charged with Arson in Virginia Pet Store Fire

November 19, 2009

An employee has been charged with arson in a weekend fire at a Roanoke, Virginia pet store that caused about $2 million in damage.

Roanoke Fire Department spokeswoman Tiffany Bradbury said 18-year-old Corey Brian Hite of Ivanhoe in Wythe County was arrested Tuesday.

She says firefighters were called to the PetSmart store Saturday afternoon and found thick smoke coming from the store.

No one was injured, and all the animals were evacuated safely.

Shoppers in an adjacent Target store also were evacuated.

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