A 29-year-old San Francisco woman has been accused of setting fire to $1,400 worth of cookies at a downtown Walgreens.
About 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Tremeka Flemmings reportedly entered the store at 730 Market St. near Third Street, sprayed lighter fluid onto a swath of merchandise and ignited it, according to police. The blaze was extinguished almost immediately and did not even trigger the store’s sprinkler system.
Officers arrived within minutes and arrested Flemmings, said store manager Brett Hatler.
On Tuesday, a 9-foot-wide section of shelving in the back corner of the store was still empty, though there was no sign of lasting fire damage.
Employees noticed Flemmings as soon as she entered the store and headed for aisle nine, according to Hatler, but her actions were too quick to stop.
“She just basically had lighter fluid, sprayed it all along and lit it,” Hatler said.
When employees responded to the blaze, Flemmings “was just like going about her business. She was very calm. She didn’t really give them any problems,” Hatler said.
Flemmings also displayed “no apparent signs of intoxication,” Officer Gordon Shyy said.
The motive isn’t clear. Flemmings made no demands during the attack and there was no indication that she intended to burglarize the store, Shyy said.
Hatler has filed an insurance claim citing the loss of $1,400 worth of merchandise, all of it cookies.
A shelf of Goldfish crackers immediately to the right of the cookie section emerged from the incident unscathed.