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Shaquille O’Neal met with disturbing findings over his burned-down Krispy Kreme store

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Police have released the results of their investigation surrounding the fire that ravaged the iconic Krispy Kreme store Shaquille O’Neal owns at Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month. On Friday, The Atlanta Fire Rescue revealed that the incident back on February 10 is a result of arson.

Atlanta fire spokesman Sargent Cortez Stafford confirmed this in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“The investigators believe the fire was intentionally set on the exterior of the building. The fire spread quickly to the interior of the structure causing catastrophic damage,” he said.

Authorities also released two photos of the person who was likely behind the burning of Shaquille O’Neal’s store. Police have yet to identify the suspect since the newly-released surveillance photos showed him wearing all black while leaving the scene of the crime.

Apart from raking millions in salary during his playing days in the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal has been lauded for several successful business investments he made upon retirement. Shaq initially purchased the Krispy Kreme store in 2016 and became the spokesperson for the company.

In an Instagram post after the incident, Shaquille O’Neal also vowed to re-open the store and claimed it will be back stronger than ever.

Hope no one was injured. But we will be back stronger than ever.

O’Neal chose the Krispy Kreme branch in Atlanta for its historical significance, as it once provided free doughnuts to local churches where mourners gathered following the death of Martin Luther King Jr.