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Lassen County Times/Westwood PinePress Tuesday, May 1, 2007 'IIC Response to fire- OPinions Alleged fire Wl, go on 3SS Blue skies are seen through the burned ceiling: of the livestock :pavilion, Photos by Sam Williams By Ruth Ellis Staff Writer r llis@lassennews.com Four suspects were arrest- ed on charges of ~suspectecL arson, burglary, vandalism and trespassing at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. On Saturday, April 21 some- time after 9 p.m fire crews responded to a report of a. structure fire at the Lassen County Fair grounds located at 195 Russell Ave. According to the Susanville Interagency Fire Center, many items were saved, but the building was reported as being a total loss. In a press release from the Susanville City Police Department, investigators have determined the fire's cause is likely arson, In addition to fire crews, the Susanville POlice Department, SEMSA and the Lassen County Sheriff Department also responded to the scene. . According to a press release from the Susanville Police Department, city police officers were Called back to the fair grounds on Monday, April 24 when three boYs were reported trespass, ing near the scene of the fire. Fair Manager Jim Wolcott sa d he had an ifituition to go the fairgrounds on Monday night where he saw the boys and called the police. The officers contacted the boys, all 13 years of age, at the fairgrounds and evidence was collected from them juve- niles, that linked them to the fire' After being interviewed, a Susanville Police Department detective eventually arrested the boys who were booked into the Lassen County Juvenile Detention Facility. ,On Tuesday, April 24 .a Susanville police detective located a fourth boy who was determined to have been involved with the fire. The boy 14, was also inter. viewed and arrested on the sa ne charges and booked in to the Lassen. County. JuVenile Detention Facility. The case has been referred to both the Lassen County Juvenile Probation Department and to the Lassen County District Attorney's Office. If anyone has any informa- tion regarding the case or any other case occurring in the city of SusanviUe, you may ' !i'll ):''i ~ :: :.~ :" "-! ~" '" " The siding of the livestock pavilion is gone after a fire destroyed it on Saturday, April 21. i : !, ). ;:,: : call the police department at Livestock show 2007 offering help tearing down tragedy to lose it. TheLassen mals,"~Woic0tt said: :~=. - ! 257-5603 or the police depart- With the recent loss of the the burned building and set County Fair is working on The fdir staff also:advises-" mous. Wolcott said the police and fire department did a great job in the investigation and the response from the com- munity has also been great. merit dispatch at 257-2171. Lassen County Fair Livestock Callers may remain anony- Pavilion, fair staff wants peo- ple to know the auction will still go On this year. Fair Business Assistant Melissa Holzkamp said the fair is prepared to do every- thing it can to have a live- stock sale and show. She also said people had been calling the fair office up a new one. "This is a good chance for the community to come together, Holzkamp said. In. a press release Wolcott said, "Right now we are mourning the loss of a histor- ical building in this county This building was used by generations of livestock exhibitors and it is truly a the steps that will:occur in people t0stay away:from the the months to come to replace livestock pavilion. : the building." Hoizkamp said it is':under inveStigation, . :i:i In" addition, she said people had been trying:to go into the building, but she said it is unstable and the staff does not want people to get hurt. He also said the fair will still hold livestock shows and a livestock fair at the 2007 fair. "We will do what wecan to put up a temporary situation for these kids to show ani- j