UPDATE: Police are no longer looking for the man, as he contacted police to identify himself, and plans to meet with detectives, spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. The investigation is ongoing.
INITIAL POST: Tacoma police are looking for a person of interest in the arson fire at the Tacoma Central PetSmart store Feb. 28, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said today.
The man is shown in surveillance footage released by the department as wearing a black zip-up hoody sweatshirt.
“He made some statement about being a firefighter when he was asked to leave the store,” Cool said. “When the fire crews arrived, he didn’t identify himself and say: ‘Hey, I’m an off duty firefighter, and I helped evacuate the store.’ If he’d like to come talk to us, that would be great.”
Employees rescued animals from the store, which sustained an estimated $35,000 worth of damage. No pets died in the fire.
Anyone with information about the man is asked to contact Tacoma police.