Staff Writer

The man accused of setting a fire in the Kenton Walmart bought Thermoses and a lighter from the store with a credit or debit card, which aided law enforcement in identifying him, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in federal court.

Caleb Poole, 26, of Fredericktown, is charged with arson in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Surveillance video shows that following that purchase at 6:12 p.m. Monday, he left and filled the two Thermoses with $5 of gas purchased from a nearby gas station, the complaint says.

After returning to Walmart, Poole gathered toilet paper and hair spray in a shopping cart.

Surveillance footage shows Poole “around the origin area prior to the actual fire,” the complaint says, and also shows fire “rising approximately 20 feet.”

The fire, which was reported at 6:47 p.m., was set in the women’s underwear section.

Walmart has estimated the loss at $1 million, including damage caused by the sprinkler system. One person needed treatment for smoke inhalation.

After the fire, Poole left Walmart and went to his car.

He was later stopped in that car in the Columbus area and arrested.

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