Whitehaven grocery store fire being investigated as arson

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local grocery store went up in flames overnight and officials have confirmed to WREG they're investigating it as a case of arson.

It happened at Jack's Food on Winchester near Winbrook Drive in the Whitehaven neighborhood around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities told WREG the store was already closed when they arrived to find flames visible from the outside.

While investigators don't have a cause at this time, the owner of a liquor store next door told WREG's Melissa Moon that his surveillance camera captured someone walking up to the building with what appeared to be a box and then leave.

The owner sent us the video below which shows the start of the fire, but has not sent us the video of the suspect. He said he wanted to give it to police first before making it available to the public.

The store is located in a strip mall next to other businesses.

"Our crews were able to confine it to one business," said Lt. Wayne Cooke with the Memphis Fire Department. "They covered exposures and checked for extensions on your adjacent buildings but were able to keep it to one business."

The front of the store was badly damaged, but we still don't know if the building was a total loss.

 

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