Fire at Target Buckhead store being investigated as arson

Atlanta Fire Rescue Department believes a fire was started near a mattress in the middle of the...
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department believes a fire was started near a mattress in the middle of the Target store in Buckhead.(Atlanta News First)
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 5:41 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 9:03 AM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - A fire at a Target store in Buckhead is being investigated as arson.

Atlanta Fire Rescue Department says that just after 5 p.m. Monday, fire crews were dispatched to Target in the 2500 block of Piedmont Road NE, after reports of a fire. On arrival, firefighters investigated and found a working fire on the first floor of the two-story building in the bedding section. They believe the fire was started near a mattress in the middle of the store.

Firefighters achieved full extinguishment at approximately 5:39 p.m., according to AFRD. Crews then worked to ventilate the extremely heavy smoke conditions inside the store.

The fire prompted a full evacuation of the store. Firefighters evaluated three Target employees for injuries and smoke inhalation.

Target released the following statement:

On Monday evening, Atlanta Fire & Rescue responded to a fire inside our Buckhead store on Piedmont Road. Our team worked quickly to evacuate the building, and no one was injured as a result of the situation. We’re working to understand the extent of the damage, but we expect the store to be closed for an undetermined amount of time. While the store is repaired and restocked, guests are welcome to visit our nearby store on Peachtree Road for all of their needs. At this time, we’ll refer additional questions about the fire to local police and fire departments.”

On Wednesday, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced his office is working with the City of Atlanta Fire Department and the Atlanta Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms on investigating this case.

Multiple state agencies are asking for the public’s help identifying two persons of interest in connection with the Buckhead Target fire as well as the recent fires at the Walmart stores located at 835 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and 1801 Howell Mill Road.

Atlanta possible arsonist
Atlanta possible arsonist(Atlanta possible arsonist)

Anyone with information on this fire is asked to call the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1-800-252-5804. In coordination with the State Fire Investigations Unit, a reward of up to $10,000 is offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for arson.