Greenwood County deputies arrested a man Wednesday wanted in connection with sparking the fire that shut down a Walmart on Dec. 5, according to a news release.
Russell William Geddings, 34, of 925 Phoenix St., Greenwood was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree arson.
The fire sparked at 12:32 a.m. Dec. 5, leaving the 508 Bypass 72 NW store closed for most of the day as crews worked to clean up. Officials said a rack of clothing caught fire, and employees were able to douse the flames.
The fire started at a rack of pajamas in the menswear section, where employees and witnesses said they saw a man wearing dark overalls or coveralls and a baseball cap staring at the fire shortly after it was lit, according to a report.
No one saw the man light the fire, but they told deputies they thought he was the one responsible.
After the fire, authorities began searching for a man caught on surveillance who was wanted in connection to the fire. After sharing images of the man on social media and through news media, a tipster told officers they saw a man wearing the same outfit at the Greenwood CPW office on Dec. 4, the report said.
Officers were able to get an image of the man from CPW, along with his account information, including his address.
According to the release, deputies arrested Geddings at his residence without incident.