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Arson destroys Hobart Jaycees’ trailer

Updated: December 19, 2012 12:03PM



HOBART — The twisted, charred remains of a trailer used by the Hobart Jaycees at its community events is all that’s left after someone set it ablaze early Sunday.

The trailer, used by the Jaycees during their annual Christmas tree sale, July Fourth beer garden and the Lakefront Festival, was destroyed in the 3:15 a.m. fire, police said.

The trailer sits near a clubhouse building rented by the Jaycees at 18 E. Ridge Road, across from Festival Park. An adjacent trailer was charred in the blaze.

Detective Sgt. David Evans said a rock, possibly picked up from nearby railroad tracks, had been tossed through a window. No accelerant was detected so Evans and Hobart Fire Department Lt. Bob Scott surmise a lit piece of paper or other object was tossed through the window. The fire began on a couch and quickly engulfed the small trailer.

Evans said two teenage boys were located nearby. One teen ran from police, while police talked with the remaining boy whom Evans called “a person of interest.” No evidence was immediately found to link the boys to the fire, however.

Scott has sent evidence to a state laboratory for testing.

The Hobart Lions Club pole barn near the trailer was not damaged, police said. Damage to the trailer was estimated at about $30,000.



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