- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Newport officials are investigating what they’re calling a “suspicious” fire that damaged a Wal-Mart store.

Firefighters responded to the Wal-Mart off Connell Highway shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday and the store was evacuated. Authorities say no one was injured and the store’s sprinkler system helped douse the fire, but there was a lot of smoke and water damage in the building.

Officials told The Newport Daily News that there was an initial report that the fire broke out in the paint department, but they later determined it started in an area where paper towels and other paper goods are located.

Police and fire investigators reviewed surveillance camera recordings, but they didn’t say if the recordings show how the fire started.

It’s not clear when the store will reopen.

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