Arrests made in connection to Crane theater fire

Arrests made in connection to Crane theater fire

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.

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