Two men, aged 19 and 20, have been charged since the fire broke out in a supermarket aisle. Photo / Haley Rainer
Two people have been charged with setting fire to a chip aisle in a West Auckland supermarket.
After Dicktock was described as a mischievous wrongdoer, 60 firefighters were dispatched to light a fire in the countdown at Henderson’s West City Mall.
A 19-year-old man from Weymouth in southern Auckland and a 20-year-old man from Oratia in western Auckland have now been charged with arson.
He was sentenced to a maximum of 14 years in prison on a charge of intentionally damaging property knowing that his life was in danger.
They are both due to appear in Whitecare District Court this Thursday.
The fire broke out last Thursday, May 6th.
Customers were evacuated from the mall in Henderson after the fire started just before 8.30pm.
“Security went and got the extinguisher and used it. I thought it was out, but there were more flames coming up above the shelves,” one witness said.
The next day a countdown employee told the Herald about online videos where chips pockets were set up.
This challenge appeared in the social media application Dictok and has already caused at least one major supermarket fire in the United States.