Arrests Made in Connection with Midland High School Arson Case

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The Midland Fire Department has made three arrests in connection with a fire that occured on Friday at Midland High School.

20-year-old Rebecca Garcia, 18-year-old Hildo Garcia, and a 16-year-old female juvenile have been charged with First Degree Arson.  Officials first believed two juveniles were involved but later learned the male suspect was actually an adult.

Fire investigators believe the trio set fire to the interior hallway north of the auditorium on the east side of the high school.

One staff memeber was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Also, three staff members, the Principal, Assistant Principal, and a teacher were given Class C Misdemeanor citations for putting explosive and highly flammable materials in a building, which is a violation of fire code.