Anaheim, California – One employee at a store across from an Anaheim gas station and convenience shop believes that the fire that engulfed the business early Monday morning was not an accident.
At about 3:30 a.m., a clerk at the Orange County shop reported that a man was behaving suspiciously outside the Chevron gas station across the street.
After a while, he decided to take his shirt off and set it on fire himself. He then went inside a closed convenience store on La Palma Avenue and Sunkist Way, where he lit a larger fire near the cash register, which quickly spread.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, bringing the incident under control in less than 30 minutes and before it reached the gas pump station.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, bringing the incident under control in less than 30 minutes and before it reached the gas pumps.
The shop was significantly damaged, and the clerk received just minor smoke inhalation, but he is expected to recover fully.
There has been no word on whether or not someone has been arrested.