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2 12-year-olds, 2 11-year-olds suspects in Abilene pallet company fire

By Doug Myers, Digital Media Manager, dmyers@ktxs.com
Published On: Apr 18 2014 08:48:10 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2014 01:05:55 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

Two 12-year-olds and two 11-year-olds have been identified in connection with last Friday's fire at an old Abilene wood pallet company on Ruidosa Avenue, fire officials say.

Abilene Police Department and Abilene Fire Department officers plan to interview the four juveniles and “hope to wrap up this case in the near future,” said Lt. Mike Miller, fire department spokesman, in a news release.

Although it previously identified the suspects as juveniles, the fire department hadn’t released their ages.  

The massive blaze, which resulted in minor injuries to a fireman’s face, occurred just before 10 p.m. last Friday near Abilene Bowling Lanes and the old Sam’s Club.

The names of the juveniles likely won’t be released because of their ages.

It took Abilene firefighters, with much-needed assistance from the Texas Forest Service, more than two hours to get the blaze under control.

According to the fire department, the fire was finally under control around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Customers of the bowling alley had to be evacuated, as the Texas Forest Service used a bulldozer to get to the fire.

Bystanders in the old Sam's Club parking lot were also asked to leave in fear that the fire would reach tankers that were close by. The contents in the tankers weren't known.

A storage shed caught fire – and was lost in the fire – as the flames spread throughout the field.

In addition to a Texas Forest Service bulldozer, 10 pieces of AFD equipment responded to the scene.