13-year-old arrested on suspicion of arson at Laurel Post Office

LAUREL- A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday on suspicion of intentionally setting fire to the Laurel Post Office Thursday and a second attempted arson at the Laurel Walmart, according to Laurel Police Chief Stan Langve.

Langve said the Laurel boy was arrested on suspicion of arson, attempted arson and criminal endangerment.

According to Langve, the two incidents were initially connected when a post office employee went to Walmart to purchase particulate masks out of concern for the air quality in the post office.

The post office employee told a Walmart employee the reason behind the purchase, and the Walmart employee then mentioned that there had been an arson attempt at the Walmart as well.

The attempted Walmart arson occurred about two hours before authorities responded to the post office, Langve said. The Walmart is a little over a mile from the post office.

The boy was arrested about 12:30 p.m., the chief said. The fire department has not released the cause of the fire.

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