A small fire in the toy department forced an evacuation of a Gwinnett County Walmart Wednesday afternoon.
Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the fire, which was quickly put out by a store employee before firefighters arrived, is believed to have been started by a child with a lighter while trying to open a box with a toy inside.
The fire was reported just before 5 p.m. at the Walmart on Lawrenceville Highway in Lawrenceville.
Around 100 customers and 65 employees were temporarily evacuated. The store also was closed during the cleanup, but was expected to be re-opened later Wednesday.
The fire caused minor damage to some toy items and created a light smoke haze in the store.
No information was released on the child or the child’s parents.