Pierce County prosecutors on Monday charged a 21-year-old woman with first-degree arson in a fire that caused more than $3 million in damage at the Spanaway Kmart earlier this month.
A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Valeria Loraine Holler during her arraignment in Superior Court. Judge Susan Serko ordered her jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Prosecutors allege Holler admitting starting the fire at the store about 7:20 p.m. April 13. She reportedly told investigators she used lamp oil and bubble wrap to start the blaze, court records show.
The store was open at the time, and customers and employees were inside. No one was hurt, but smoke from the fire and water from the sprinkler system damaged much of the store’s merchandise.
The store might be closed until next month, court records show.
Security cameras captured images of a woman matching Holler’s description wheeling a cart full of merchandise away from the store at the time of the fire. Investigators released the images through the news media and received several tips identifying Holler, court records show.