Federal Investigators have ruled the Garden Ridge Fire as arson. They learned through employees that the fire started in middle of the store and some reported hearing an explosion.
"This is an ongoing investigation, therefore we will not be releasing specific details regarding the cause and origin of the fire," said ATF Assistant Special Agent In Charge Gary Orchowski. "We’d like to thank the public as the public was of assistance in helping us follow up on numerous leads."
The National Response of the ATF responded to the scene the day after the fire.
The National Response Team of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is only called into the biggest fires. The last time they were in the Houston area was for the Gallery Furniture fire investigation, which also turned out to be arson.