Juvenile charged in Brooklyn Park Festival Foods fire

Festival Foods reopened Sept. 7 after a fire closed it July 16. (Sun Post staff photo by Kevin Miller)
Festival Foods reopened Sept. 7 after a fire closed it July 16. (Sun Post staff photo by Kevin Miller)

A 16-year-old juvenile male was charged with felony first-degree arson and felony first-degree damage to property in connection with the fire that closed down Festival Foods, at 8535 Edinburgh Centre Drive, on July 16.
“People called in a report of a fire inside, you know, employees obviously exited, and [the fire department] went in and found the fire in the center of the store between the aisles was already reaching the ceiling and was building inside the center of the store,” said Mark Bruley, deputy police chief.
“A subsequent arson investigation was conducted through the police department in partnership with the fire department investigators, and essentially determined that an employee, a juvenile male is believed to have started the fire intentionally,” Bruley added.
At the time of the fire, Interim Fire Chief Todd Seitz (then deputy chief) told the Sun Post the fire had started in the paper isle.
There is no known motive for why the juvenile started the fire, according to Bruley.
Festival Foods told the police department it sustained $115,000 in damage as a result of the fire.
The store reopened Sept. 7. On Aug. 31, a group of 44 volunteers, including some city staff members, helped stock shelves to speed up the reopening process.