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Walmart at Speedway and Kolb holds grand reopening after arsonist set aisles on fire

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Posted at 12:51 PM, May 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-13 15:51:25-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Walmart at the corner of Speedway Boulevard and Kolb Road held a grand reopening Friday morning.

Last Christmas Eve, Walmart employees called police after multiple aisles were set ablaze.

The flames quickly spread and $20 million in damage were caused due to the fire and water used to put them out.

RELATED: TPD, TFD respond to suspected arson at Speedway/Kolb Walmart Friday

Less than a month later, police found evidence connecting Bryant Gonzales to the crime.

Officers arrested the 31-year-old on charges of arson of an occupied structure, felony criminal damage, endangerment, fraud and burglary.

They held him in the Pima County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

RELATED: Police arrest man accused of starting Walmart fire

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