LAMAR, SC (WMBF) - Three suspects have been arrested after playing with matches and starting a warehouse fire in Lamar on Thursday.
The trio has been charged with burglary and arson and remain in custody, according to Chief Charles Woodle with the Lamar Police Department. The three juveniles admitted to the crimes in written statements.
The names of the suspects have not been released.
More than 1,500 bales of wheat straw burned in flames, along with parts of the building on Railroad Avenue. The fire was reported at around 2:30 p.m. The old mobile home manufacturing warehouse was used to house the straw.
The bales of straw have been estimated to value $150,000, while damages to the building are worth an estimated $600,000, according to Officer Nichols, with the Lamar Police Department. However, the fire continues to burn and is expected to through the night.
The trio was fleeing the scene, when officials arrived. The three suspects were arrested at the scene of the fire.
Crews from the West Florence Fire Department also assisted, according to Anthony Fox, spokesman for the department. In addition, crews from the Myrtle Beach Fire Department and Horry County Fire Rescue also responded later Thursday.
Food and beverages have been provided by American Red Cross volunteers to more than 50 firefighters that are battling the warehouse fire.
The fire is expected to be extinguished Friday, officials predicted.