Young suspects in fire at old Abilene pallet company to learn fate soon

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ABILENE, Texas - Four juveniles identified as suspects in connections with a recent fire at an old Abilene wood pallet company on Ruidosa Avenue will soon learn their fate.

The last of the juvenile suspects was interviewed Monday night.

"Charges are pending at this time," said Lt. Mike Miller, spokesman for the Abilene Fire Department. "When I have more information on any charges filed, I will pass that along."

Last month, Miller said the juveniles include two 12-year-olds and two 11-year-olds.

The massive blaze, which resulted in minor injuries to a fireman's face, occurred just before 10 p.m. Friday, April 11, 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 A & M 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, April 12.

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'tknown.

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.