The man accused of lighting a fire in the Kenton Walmart in May has been ordered to seek treatment.
At a competency hearing last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Judge Jeffrey Helmick ordered that Caleb T. Poole, of Fredericktown, be hospitalized for up to four months to determine whether Poole is likely to “attain the capacity” for proceedings to continue.
Poole is charged with arson in federal court for allegedly starting a fire May 6 in the women’s underwear section of the Walmart in Kenton.
Surveillance video shows that Poole purchased Thermoses and a lighter from the store at 6:12 p.m. He left to fill the Thermoses with gas, then came back and put toilet paper and hair spray in a shopping cart.
Footage also shows Poole “around the origin area prior to the actual fire,” according to a criminal complaint filed in May. A fire rising about 20 feet was reported at 6:47 p.m.
Poole was later arrested in the Columbus area.
Walmart estimated the loss at $1 million, including damage caused by the sprinkler system. One person was treated for smoke inhalation.