One one hand, this is pretty sad because the guy who did this is obviously struggling with some pretty intense mental issues. On the other hand, is there anything quite so lovely as a shopping mall on fire? Brings a tear to this curmudgeon’s eye…
Part of a high-end regional mall that is one of the main retail centers in a broad swath of Northern California was destroyed Thursday after police say a man barricaded himself inside and started a fire.
Police said the man holed up in a video game store at the Roseville Galleria and started a small blaze that later blew up, damaging an entire arm of the mall.
The 1.3 million-square-foot Galleria was evacuated by the time the fire erupted and spread to the roof, and no injuries were reported.
City officials said part of the roof on the malls south end collapsed. After the clouds of smoke cleared, overhead television images showed the charred remains of retail stores, many of which were gutted.