Alleged fire suspects arrested, livestock shows will still go on after loss of b
On Saturday, April 21 sometime 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 trespassing near the scene of the fire.
Fair Manager Jim Wolcott said he had an intuition 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 juveniles 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 interviewed and arrested on the same 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 information regarding the case or any other case occurring in the city of Susanville, you may call the police department at 257-5603 or the police department dispatch at 257-2171. Callers may remain anonymous.
Wolcott said the police and fire department did a great job in the investigation and the response from the community has also been great.
Livestock show 2007
With the recent loss of the Lassen County Fair Livestock Pavilion, fair staff wants people to know the auction will still go on this year.
Fair Business Assistant Melissa Holzkamp said the fair is prepared to do everything it can to have a livestock sale and show.
She also said people had been calling the fair office offering help tearing down the burned building and set 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 historical building in this county. This building was used by generations of livestock exhibitors and it is truly a tragedy to lose it. The Lassen County Fair is working on the steps that will occur in the months to come to replace the building.”
He also said the fair will still hold livestock shows and a livestock fair at the 2007 fair.
“We will do what we can to put up a temporary situation for these kids to show animals,” Wolcott said.
The fair staff also advises people to stay away from the livestock pavilion.
Holzkamp said it is under investigation. 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.
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