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Woman upset over shopping carts sets fire to Washington shopping center: Prosecutor

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A woman was charged with arson after allegedly setting a Kent, Washington shopping center on fire. (Q13 FOX)

A woman was charged with arson after allegedly setting a Kent, Washington shopping center on fire. (Q13 FOX)

KENT, Wash. — A Washington woman was charged with arson after allegedly setting a fire at a strip mall over a lack of shopping carts.

Court documents say Linda Katherine Poplawski, 64, “became upset about there being no shopping carts at the Dollar Tree Store,” on Nov. 13 in Kent, Washington.

Poplawski left the store but returned to tell employees she was going to burn the building down, Q13 FOX reports. She then walked into the card and party supply aisle and allegedly set a fire.

Employees found the fire but were unable to extinguish it.

“The defendant had stayed at the location of the fire and was apparently taking pictures and video of the fire as it continued to burn,” court documents said. “The defendant was found to have a lighter on her person and a lighter in her purse.”

The fire quickly grew and destroyed several businesses.

No injuries were reported in the multi-alarm fire.

Poplawski was arrested and charged with first-degree arson.