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Reports: Someone lit molotov cocktail in Hulen Mall and fled

Fort Worth Fire Department investigating report that a molotov cocktail was lit inside Hulen Mall on Friday.
Fort Worth Fire Department investigating report that a molotov cocktail was lit inside Hulen Mall on Friday. Star-Telegram archived photo

Firefighters are searching for a suspect who lit and threw two molotov cocktails in the men's departments of the Dillard's and Sears department stores and then ran out of the Hulen Mall on Friday.

Firefighters received the call about 2:45 p.m., said Kyle Falkner, Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman.

"Thankfully, the employees were able to put out any fire quickly enough so little or no damage occurred," Falkner said.

Most of the cleanup will likely involve cleaning up the residue from the fire extinguishers used to put out any fires, Falkner said.

Firefighters received assistance from Fort Worth police officers, FBI and U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive agents on this case, which is still being investigated.

Authorities were conducting a sweep of the mall at 9 p.m. to make sure the suspect did not leave anything behind unattended, Falkner said.

The only part of the molotov cocktails that ignited was the part that the suspect set fire to, which accounted for the scant damage done to the stores, Falkner said.

"You have to credit the employees for acting quickly," Falkner said. "There was barely any damage and no injuries."



Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3





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