UPDATE: Man charged in Martinsville Walmart fire arraigned

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The man accused of setting several fires at a Martinsville Walmart on Friday night has appeared in court.

Joshua Wayne Wright was arraigned Wednesday morning in Henry County General District Court.

He is facing several felony charges.

His next court appearance will be May 12 at 1:00 PM.


A Hardy man has been charged with setting several fires at a Martinsville Walmart on Friday night.

Henry County officials identified and later arrested Joshua Wayne Wright on Saturday. There is no known motive at this time, according to the sheriff's office.

Wright is facing several felony charges and is being held at the Henry County Jail without bond. His arraignment is set for Wednesday at 8:15 a.m.


The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men in connection to fires being started at a Walmart in Martinsville.

Around 8:40 p.m., several fires were reported inside the shopping area of Walmart at 976 Commonwealth Boulevard and Martinsville. The Henry County Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident and found multiple items had been intentionally set on fire.

Officials are looking for two men in connection with the crime.

The damage was isolated to merchandise only and there’s no damage to the structure of the building.

No injuries have been reported.

If you have any information about this incident, contact Henry County Department of Public Safety or the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751. You can contact the Crimestoppers Program at 276-632-7463 as well.


Fire crews responded to a fire at a Walmart in Henry County Friday evening where someone set items on fire, according to the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department.

The call came in around 8:40 p.m. The fire department says someone set items on fire in two different places in the store. Laptop cases in the electronics department were set on fire as well as dresses in the women's department.

Someone was able to put out the fire using an extinguisher before fire crews arrived.

The store was evacuated.

There was light smoke in the store, but otherwise no bad damage.

The store planned to re-open once the fire marshal finished up his assessment.