Three juveniles have been charged with arson and criminal mischief after a historic fish hatchery building on Sunday caught fire.
Ken Bell, San Marcos fire marshal, arrested two boys, ages 14 and 16, and one 14-year-old girl Sunday in connection with the fire. The fire severely damaged the Old Fish Hatchery Community Building at about 10 p.m.
The building, located in San Marcos Plaza Park, suffered “major damage” to the back stairs and porch, according to a press release from the City of San Marcos. Interior smoke and water damages were also incurred. Repair costs are estimated at between $75,000 and $150,000.
Bell is continuing his investigation of the fire.
According to the press release, the Old Fish Hatchery Community Building is part of the park system and is used for public and private events and meetings. The building will remain out of service until repairs are made.