A four-alarm fire at a Georgia Walmart store that sent panicked shoppers fleeing and led to a partial roof collapse appears to have been "intentionally set," investigators say.
The Peachtree City Police Department said three of its responding officers that went into the store in the city outside of Atlanta have been released from a local hospital after suffering smoke inhalation injuries.
"Preliminary investigation suggests the fire was intentionally set," police said in a Facebook post, noting that the Peachtree City Walmart has suffered "extensive damage to the interior and roof."
"There is no current timeline on when the store will be reopened," police added.
Images released by police of the aftermath of the fire showed charred racks of food and merchandise.
Video taken from inside the store while the fire was developing also showed panicked shoppers making their way to its exits.
"While fighting the fire with a large amount of water, they report the structural members from the roof began to collapse on them, so the decision was made to back out and the incident commander made the decision to go defensive and fight the fire from the outside of the building," Peachtree City Fire Department Assistant Chief Will Harbin told Fox5 Atlanta.
As of Friday, no suspects have been identified in relation to the fire.