Man charged with setting fires in a Walmart

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A man has been charged with setting fires that caused “substantial” damage to a Walmart store in Hanover, police said.

Gabriel Hawley is charged with felony counts of arson endangering persons, aggravated arson, and causing or risking catastrophe. He also faces misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

Hawley, 19, of Hanover, was arraigned Tuesday. Bail was set at $25,000 unsecured.

West Manheim Township police said two separate fires were intentionally set inside the Walmart at 1881 Baltimore Pike on the evening of January 15, while the store was open to the public.

Three Walmart employees reported injuries due to smoke inhalation. One was taken to hospital for treatment and then released.

The store was forced to close for over 12 hours.

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