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Police investigate Super Dollar fire

A 6-year old child is accused of setting fire to a clothes rack inside a Valdosta business.

The clothes were ignited inside the Super Dollar store and nearly $2,000 worth of merchandise was damaged.

Police say this pile of clothes was set on fire at the Super Dollar Store on South Patterson Street Tuesday night.

"That fire was spreading fast," said employee Michella Robinson.

Police say a child did it. Witnesses told investigators they saw the little boy grab an orange lighter off the check out counter and then set fire to a clothes rack in the women's section.

 "It was just a child that was being mischievous and the parent just wasn't watching," said Robinson.

Thankfully another customer walked in saw the smoke and immediately grabbed an extinguisher to put it out.

"We appreciate the customer for the action they took," said Sharon Dallas Smith, the Super Dollar store manager.

More than 60 dresses and skirts were set a blaze. The store manager says the value of the clothing is around $1,900.

While they did lose some merchandise, both Robinson and Smith say the fire could've been a whole lot worse.

The child hasn't been charged.

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