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Chemical fire investigation

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Houma, La. - Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputies are looking for whoever set a chemical fire inside a Walmart store and forced an evacuation.

The incident happened Sunday, December 2nd at the discount store in west Houma.

Authorities responded to what they thought was a possible chemical spill. Once they got there, investigators determined a man intentionally ignited a container inside the store, and caused a chemical reaction. The sheriff's department says the chemical reaction created a thick cloud of smoke.

No one was hurt during the incident.

Investigators say the container included chlorine, but more tests will be done to determine the specific make-up of the mixture.

Surveillance cameras caught an image of the man suspected of setting the fire. He's described as about 30 years of age, muscular build with reddish colored hair.

If anyone has information about his identity, you're asked call Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office at 985-876-2500.

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