ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An arsonist attempted to destroy a crowded grocery store, police say.
It happened early Monday morning at the Kroger in St. Albans. They say someone set fire to a large propane tank that remains permanently stationed behind the store.
Crews say they found several plastic and wooden crates set up around the tank. Now, charred remains linger where they were burned.
A manager on duty heard an explosive sound and called 911 after she ran out and saw the tank burning.
Crews say the act could have potentially blown away the back of the building.
"You always think it happens someplace else," shopper George Stone said. "To think it's in your neighborhood is hard to believe sometimes."
Fire officials say propane tanks like the one set on fire are built to resist flames and burn slowly.
Police say they're investigating several leads at this time.
WSAZ.com checked in with corporate Kroger spokespeople, but we've not heard back from them at this time.