Of­fi­cials re­lease video of two sus­pects wanted in Ro­main Cen­ter fire

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY ASH­LEIGH PANOO [email protected]­nobee.com

The Fresno Fire Depart­ment has re­leased video show­ing two ar­son­ists wanted for start­ing a fire that damaged the Ro­main Neigh­bor­hood Cen­ter on New Year’s Day.

The video shows two uniden­ti­fied peo­ple in dark clothes walking into bath­rooms, ad­ja­cent to the cen­ter in a south­east Fresno park, just af­ter 3 a.m. Tues­day. Af­ter they exit, smoke and flames can be seen in the bath­rooms.

The fire burned the bath­rooms and the cen­ter, a fa­cil­ity used for youth pro­grams and other ac­tiv­i­ties. Da­m­ages are es­ti­mated at $100,000, ac­cord­ing to Fresno Fire Depart­ment spokesman Robert Castillo.

It took about 30 min­utes to con­trol the fire, and it left the build­ing with­out power. It is not clear when the fa­cil­ity will re­open, Castillo said.

The Ro­main Neigh­bor­hood Cen­ter be­longs to the city of Fresno and of­fers pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties to the pub­lic. It in­cludes a play­ground, skate park, pool and more.

The fire depart­ment is ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact Crime Stop­pers at 559498-7867. In­for­ma­tion given is con­fi­den­tial.

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