• Fire fighters battle the blaze on Sunday, June 19 at Turner Hall in Fredericksburg. - FSRP photo/Ken Esten Cooke
  • Fire fighters put out hot spots from the blaze the morning of Monday, June 20 at Turner Hall in Fredericksburg. - FSRP photo/Ken Esten Cooke

Suspect pegged in Turner Hall blaze

Name withheld for now, pending further evidence; accomplice not ruled out
"We do know the building was burglarized before the fire, and the fire marshal has ruled out an electrical cause." - Police Chief Steve Wetz

Criminal charges await the return of further evidence for a June 19 fire that destroyed the historic Turner Hall, a favorite social hall for generations of Fredericksburg residents.

Fredericksburg Police Chief Steve Wetz said Tuesday afternoon a “person of interest” had been identified, but a name was not released, pending the return of evidence. Wetz also said the possibility of involvement by other individuals had not been ruled out.

“We are not quite ready to list a suspect at this point. We have to wait until we get evidence back from the lab to feel a little more confident in what we’re saying,” Wetz told the Standard-Radio Post on Tuesday before press deadline.

Wetz said the police found evidence of a break-in before the fire.

“We do know the building was burglarized before the fire,” he said, “and the fire marshal has ruled out an electrical cause.”

Wetz said the department was proceeding cautiously to try and connect the evidence to their suspect.

See more information in Wednesday's edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

TIPS SOUGHT

Fredericksburg Police Chief Steve Wetz said there is an ongoing criminal investigation and anyone with information or possible video surveillance from anywhere around the immediate area of Turner Hall should contact Detective Kris Kammlah of the Fredericksburg Police Department at (830) 997-7585 or Gillespie County Crime Stoppers at (830) 997-TIPS.

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