Three juveniles detained for vacant school fire

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – Police and firefighters are tight-lipped about the three juveniles in custody in connection with the Sept. 2 Fletcher School blaze that summoned multiple firefighters and used 10,000 gallons of water.

Police said the three juveniles are in the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility, but wouldn’t give their ages or information on how the fire started. The trio has not been charged and were awaiting a court hearing as of press time.

The school was built in 1938 on Pardee and then stood vacant for the past 30 years. It was slated for demolition before year’s end using $100,000 in grant money and another $106,000 in city money.

There were no injuries in the blaze. Residents in the area experienced low water pressure temporarily while firefighters extinguished the fire.

“It should have been destroyed years ago,” said resident Shawn Moore. “Now we are paying the price.”

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