Arrests made in arson of Old Fish Hatchery

Arrests made in arson of Old Fish Hatchery

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Three juveniles were arrested in connection with the arson fire that severely damaged the historic Old Fish Hatchery Community Building Sunday night in San Marcos.

The juveniles, two boys ages 14 and 16 and one girl age 14 are charged with arson and criminal mischief.

Officials say the fire broke out around 10 p.m. Sunday night. Quick response by the San Marcos Fire Department saved the building which was constructed in 1894. The building suffered major damage to the back stairs and porch and interior smoke and water damage.

Estimated repair costs are between $75,000 and $150,000.

The historic building originally served as headquarters for the first fish hatchery in the U.S. located south and west of the Mississippi River. The property was deeded to Texas State University in 1965 where it became the administration building for the Aquatic Biological Center. Today it is part of the park system and is popular for public and private meetings.

The building will be closed until repairs are made. The fire is still under investigation.

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