The Emeryville Target is temporarily closed after a fire was extinguished inside the store on Monday evening.
A photo shared after the incident showed bedding piled outside of the store with employees, members of the Alameda County Fire Dept. and fatigue-clad security officers huddled near the entrance.
Tl;dr Someone set the towels on fire in the Emeryville Target and my wife is a hero and put the fire out.
Story: We were just at Target on Saturday morning but this morning I thought of something else I wanted (like ya do) so we went back after work. We stopped by Flax in old
— Tart of Darkness (@theinfophile) August 9, 2022
Twitter user @Theinfophile detailed her account of the fire describing coming across a pile of towels in flames and her wife jumping into action. “Apparently she found a fire extinguisher on our way out, grabbed it and ran back to put the fire out (which was smokey but still relatively small).”
The severity of the damage was not immediately known. The smoke was apparently small enough to not activate the fire sprinkler system.
We have reached out to both the Alameda County Fire Department and Emeryville Police Department for additional information and any connection to these other incidents and will update this story if any new information becomes available.
The store remains closed as of Tuesday evening with no timetable for reopening.
August 10 update: Emeryville PD has confirmed that the fire was indeed intentionally set (arson) through the below press release:
On Monday August 08, 2022, at approx. 5:48 pm, EPD dispatch received calls of a fire inside Target. Upon the arrival of Officers and Alameda County Fire, employees and customers had already been evacuated by Target employees and the fire had already been extinguished by employees.
During the investigation, it appears the fire was intentionally started in the area of a towel display. A potential person of interest was observed on video surveillance in the area where the fire started; however, further information regarding this person of interest is not being released to the public at this time.
Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to call Emeryville Police Detectives (510)596-3700 (please reference case #2208-0521).