December 05, 2007 CAPAC — Three teens are facing prosecution for setting fire to a semi filled with building supplies last Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Charges of arson are pending against a 17 year-old and two juveniles, all students at Capac High School.
Mussey Twp. Fire Chief Don Standel said he spotted black smoke coming from Stevens Dr., just west of the high school, around 1 p.m. and upon investigating, found the trailer fully engulfed in flames. Standel said the trailer had been abandoned since plans for an apartment complex in that area fell through.
Firefighters did not know what kind of supplies were in the trailer and advised the school to keep their students inside, for safety's sake, Standel said.
Firefighters found tracks in the snow and attempted to stay clear of the area while battling the blaze.
Capac Police called in a tracking dog from the Michigan State Police who led investigators to the Glencrest Apartments, where they eventually learned, one of the suspect's brothers lived, Chief Raymond Hawks said.
The high school confirmed three students were absent that day and when Officer Roger Bartram returned to the scene of the fire, he found a piece of paper with one of the absent student's name.
A school official notified police, saying they had already spoken to one of the teens in question who admitted to helping set the fire. The teen confessed to police, as did the second juvenile and both named the 17 year-old, Bartram said.
It appears the trio broke into the trailer where they found fuel to start the fire.