Arrests made in connection to Crane theater fire - KWES NewsWest 9 / Midland, Odessa, Big Spring, TX: newswest9.com |

Arrests made in connection to Crane theater fire

Three fire departments needed to take out fire. (Source: Chief Berry Ingram) Three fire departments needed to take out fire. (Source: Chief Berry Ingram)
CRANE, TX (KWES) -

Three teens are behind bars in connection to Friday night's fire at the theater in Crane. 

Chief Berry Ingram with Crane Fire Department says the three 7th graders were arrested Tuesday morning at Crane Middle School for suspicion of arson. 

Since the arrest, the three minors were transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Post, Texas.

The fire happened Friday night after 10. Neighbors of the theater said the building was a staple of the community. Ingram added it was very popular in the 1950s and '60s but the building was last used as a theater around the 1980s.

Since then, it has been used as storage over the years. Residents still see the structure as a historic building.

Chief Ingram said a total of three fire departments and 200,000 gallons of water were used to put the fire out. 

Officials said they suspected arson since the beginning. 

"The Fire Marshall worked with the local investigator as well as the State Fire Marshal.. They just worked together as a team to find evidence and circumstances and they pulled it all together," said Ingram. 

Ingram said the building suffered such extensive damage, demolition might be needed.

Copyright 2016 KWES. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Cactus Police Dept. swears in 10-year-old with terminal cancer

    Cactus Police Dept. swears in 10-year-old with terminal cancer

    Saturday, May 19 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-05-20 02:57:19 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    Kaitlyn DeLeon was sworn in as an honorary member of the Cactus Police Department this afternoon.

    Kaitlyn DeLeon was sworn in as an honorary member of the Cactus Police Department this afternoon.

  • Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'

    Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-05-20 23:35:33 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

  • Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

    Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:11 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:11:31 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:04 PM EDT2018-05-20 22:04:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). Rescue teams search through the wreckage site of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a cassava field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. The Cuban airliner crashed just after takeoff fr...(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). Rescue teams search through the wreckage site of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a cassava field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. The Cuban airliner crashed just after takeoff fr...

    Mexican aviation authorities will carry out an audit of Damojh airlines to see if its "current operating conditions continue meeting regulations" and to investigate Friday's crash in Cuba that left 110 dead.

    Mexican aviation authorities will carry out an audit of Damojh airlines to see if its "current operating conditions continue meeting regulations" and to investigate Friday's crash in Cuba that left 110 dead.

Powered by Frankly