Two juveniles have been arrested in a Feb. 11 arson blaze that caused an estimated $1.5 million in damage to a cabinet manufacturing business in Waterford.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported the arrests on its Facebook page. The arrests were made by the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigation Unit. Because the suspects are minors, their names will not be released. The Sheriff's Department referred questions on the minors' ages and places of residence, as well as any apparent motive, to the FIU.
Lt. Dave Hutchinson, Stanislaus Regional FIU commander, said he will not be able to provide any additional information on the fire or the suspects. He said his boss, the district attorney, does not believe it appropriate to release ages and communities of residence.
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The Sheriff's Department indicated the youths were identified because of information shared by the community on social media.
The fire was started about 3 a.m. at the Acosta & Sons business on Hickman Street near Baker Street, just south of Yosemite Boulevard. First crews on scene found heavy flames coming through the roof of the single-story metal building,
Firefighters had the blaze under control within two hours, saving about $3 million in contents and the building's structure, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District Capt. Buck Condit said at the time.
To help identify the suspects, authorities released surveillance camera video footage from the morning of the fire. In one shot, one of the suspects can be seen waving to a camera. In the other, the two suspects are seen starting a fire inside the business.