Suspect wanted for setting dumpster on fire behind Dollar Tree in Wissinoming

The second fire took place as workers and customers were still inside the store.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A Dollar Tree in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia was destroyed after two fires impacted the business in just three days.

Surveillance video has been released showing a suspect wanted for setting the first fire in the store's dumpster.

It happened behind the store on the 6100 block of Frankford Avenue.

The video released by Philadelphia police shows the suspect wanted in connection with the dumpster fire on Thursday, March 9.

A few days later, a second fire destroyed the business on Sunday, March 12. A suspect for the second blaze has not been identified.

That fire took place at 3:30 p.m. as workers and customers were inside the store. It grew into a massive blaze, reaching two alarms before it was brought under control.

"I saw, like, yellow smoke, so I come and looked and that's when I started taking videos - and that's when like an explosion, like a ball of fire, started happening," said witness Kanner Maldonado of Frankford told Action News on the day of the fire.

Officials have not stated what caused the second blaze.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the City Wide Arson Task Force at 215-783-1092.

Heavy smoke could be seen billowing from the one-story commercial building.

This story has been corrected to reflect the suspect is only wanted for one fire.