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Wal-Mart fire not sparked by child

Staff Report
CONCORD ó The Concord Police Department is investigating the cause of a fire at the Wal-Mart Supercenter Monday night.
But Norman Franklin, public information officer for the Concord Fire and Life Safety Department, would not say if investigators think the blaze was arson.
However, Franklin did say the fire was not sparked by a child playing with a lighter near the store’s floral department.
On Tuesday, a salisburypost.com reader posted an online comment saying the fire started when a child put a lighter to a fake flower.
“That’s not true at all,” Franklin said. “I can say that much.”
The fire broke out around 11:15 p.m. Monday. Heavy smoke filled the entire store, and a lot of merchandise was damaged, Franklin said.
He said store officials hope to reopen Friday or Saturday.

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