posted on August 26, 2010 07:45
Batavia Police have made three arrests in connection with the fire last May that destroyed most of the historic Wiard Plow Company on Swan Street.
The three, arrested for arson, are all 14-years old.
The names of the three will not be made public because of their ages.All three will be treated as juveniles and have their cases handled in Family Court.
Police say two of the three teenagers started a small fire in the building during daylight hours last May 8th. City firemen quickly doused those flames.
Then the same two, along with a third teenager, started another fire in the evening and this fire is the one that turned into a major general alarm blaze. The fire caused an estimated $288,000 in damage.
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