A teenager has been arrested in connection to a fire that broke out at a dollar store in Andover.

Crews responded to the report of a fire at the Dollar General, 724 N. Andover Rd., late Thursday morning. Firefighters arrived to find smoke billowing out of the building.

Crews from Andover, Rose Hill and Sedgwick County managed to get the fire under control in about two hours.

Police took two juveniles into custody at the scene. One was released, another 16-year-old boy was arrested and taken to the juvenile detention facility in Hutchinson. He is being held on eight counts of aggravated arson.

Chief Jim Shaver, Andover Fire, said damage to the building will exceed $500,000.

"At least $360,000 in merchandise alone," he said.

The fire is being investigated as an aggravated arson. The Andover Police Department and Augusta Department of Public Safety is assisting with the investigation.


Two juveniles have been taken in for questioning after a fire broke out at a new dollar store in Andover.

Crews were called to the scene at the Dollar General, 724 N. Andover Rd., around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters arrived to find thick smoke showing from the store.

Andover Fire Chief Jim Shaver said the fire quickly built and conditions worsened.

"It got smoky and dark and we couldn't see," he said. "We had a lot of trouble ventilating."

Crews from Andover, Rosehill and Sedgwick County were called in to assist. It took firefighters less than an hour to bring it under control. No one was hurt.

Rick Carlton, shopper, said he was in the store at the time. He said he saw a girl and boy, both young teens, near where the fire broke out. He said he followed the kids out of the store.

"I stayed with them here on 21st right across from the police station," Carlton said. "Officer Lee pulled over and from there. They pretty much sounded like they were confessing."

Traffic was blocked in the area because of fire hoses covering the roads.

The fire caused extensive damage to the building, but no official damage estimate has been released.