Burleson Star (Burleson, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 75, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 25, 1991 Page: 1 of 18
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Jr. High damage may hit $2 million
Two juveniles detained for arson
Burleson Fire Marshal Richard Russell surveys the damage to the sottal
studies room in the ninth grade wing at Burleson Junior High School,
which was completely destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. The blaze
was ignited in that room and spread to adjoining rooms. An air condi-
tioning unit that was on the roof caved in when the fire weakened the
structure. The loss is estimated to be almost $2 million. Two juveniles
suspects were taken into custody in connection with the case.
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BY SALLY ELLERTSON
Two juveniles were taken into
custody Monday afternoon in the
April 21 burglary and arson of the
Burleson Junior High School.
The juveniles—a 13-year-old
Burleson boy and a 15-year-old Bur-
leson boy—are both Burleson Junior
High School students. They were
taken into custody April 22 and trans-
ferred to juvenile detention in Cle-
burne, where they still were as of
The two suspects were seen at
the junior high at 7:36 a.m. while
firefighters were dousing the remain-
der of the blaze. They were walking
across the athletic field toward the
north side of the junior high when
they were stopped by Cpl. Paul Lan-
caster. They said they had come to
look at the school.
The boys are accused of setting
a fire at the junior high that caused an
estimated almost $2 million in dam-
age, according to Burleson Fire
Marshal Richard Russell.
The 15-year-old could be bound
over to district court to be tried as an
adult for the felonies. The arson case
could be carried as a first degree
felony—punishable by 5-99 years in
prison and an optional additional fine
of hot more than $10,000—because
bodily injury was involved in the
Three Crowley firefighters—
Blake Carpenter, Kirk Harris, and
Kefth Peacock—were taken to
Huguley Hospital where they were
trebled for smoke inhalation and
released.Without that bodily injury
the [crime is a second degree felony.
in prison and an optional fine of not
more than $10,000.
The 13-year-old cannot be tried
’ as an adult
The fire was discovered shortly
after 6 a.m., Sunday morning—the
morning following the high school
prom— when a neighbor on S.W.
Thomas called 911. When police
officers arrived, the south portion of
the building was in flames with fire
already through the roof pf the ninth
"Three rooms have been gut-
ted," Gordon Cockerham, BISD Su-
perintendent of Schools said Mon-
messed up the gym and about 30
classrooms in the ninth grade wing.”
The rooms with the most dam-
age include social studies, a com-
puter lab, and a science room. The
room that is completely destroyed—
social studies—is also the place where
the fire was started. Paper and books
were used to ignite the blaze. There
are no signs that a flammable liquid
was used to start the fire.
The weakened roof over the so-
cial studies room collapsed under the
weight of an air conditioning unit
before firefighters could completely
douse the fire.
Five Burleson trucks with 20
personnel responded to the fire with
the assistance of Crowley and Fort
Worth, which sent a ladder truck
down. It took over an hour to tap out
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Computer Lab Damaged
A computer lab in the ninth grade wing at Burleson Junior High School
was one of the most severely damaged rooms in the school following an
arson fire Sunday morning. Crowley and Fort Worth assisted Burleson
at the scene at 6:18 a.m. on April 21. Two Burleson juveniles have been
day. "The water and smoke damage taken into custody in the arson and burglary.
Water.y sewer expansion critical
One of the basic premises upon
which civilization is built is the well-
known axiom about water and not
missing it while it's in abundance
(i.e., until the well runs dry).
Likewise, if not even more so,
it’s hard for most people to get ex-
cited about sewer systems unless, of
course, one isn't working to capacity
and—how shall we say this deli-
cately?—redistributes its affluent
flow ankle-deep throughout the house
(with particular emphasis on the car-
To those charged with the re-
sponsibility of seeing that the Burle-
son well doesn't run dry—and, it
should go without saying, that the
rank and file among local carpeting
doesn't get too rank—water and sewer
projects are among the most impor-
tant tasks the city performs for its
So the message from city offi-
cials might be to dig deeply when
they pass the tax plate. Sticklers for
accuracy that they are, though, more
likely they'd like for city residents to
familiarize themselves with thecity's
would accomplish the following:
—Save the city money.
—Improve service in some in-
needs in that area; vote for the appro- stances,
priate measures in a city bond elec- 'P / —Maintain the city's compliance
tion; and, in effect, agree to pay the
costs of those improvements through
the passage of revenue bonds.
While it probably doesn't matter
a whole lot to those footing the bill,
water and sewer system improve-
ments are financed with bonds that
are paid for from revenues produced
by the system fee schedule (on water
and sewer bills, to me and you).
The capital improvements com-
mittee appointed a couple of months
back by the Burleson City Council
met Tuesday evening to hear City
Engineer Ken Griffin and Public
Works Director Bill Davison discuss
the city's water and sewer needs.
They're not inexpensive.
Once implemented, however, the
system improvements and additions
oudined by Griffin and Davison
With department of health standards.
—Help the city retain the low
key rate residents enjoy on property
—Open up additional areas for
development to take some of the tax
burden off present homeowners and
—Improve fire protection in
For instance, whenever it rains,
those are tax dollars mixed with the
normal runoff of water. That's be-
cause many of the city's manholes are
being infiltrated with rain water.
Once that happens, the water
enters the sewer system, goes to the
treatment plant in Fort Worth, and
ends up padding the per gallon charge
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No decision vet on trail ride
Putnam resigns from board
A vacant house at M0 McAlister was completely engulfed in flai es that
could be seen from Crowley Saturday night By the time Burleson
firefighters got to the scene April 20 it was a total loss. The firefighters
had been called out Friday morning for a structure fire at the same house.
The fire appeared to be suspicious.
No decision was taken on the fu-
ture of the Burleson Heritage Trail
Ride, but that’s about the only action
that wasn't taken in an hour and a half
meeting of the Board of Directors of
the Burleson Area Chamber of
Directors moved the site of the
meeting, accepted the resignation of
one of their members, appointed a
committee to recommend a replace-
ment director, purchased a computer
system for the chamber office, and
discussed plans for the concluding
events of Good Life Days.
Plus, they did discuss the trail
ride with Pet. 3 Commissioner Ron
Harmon, who has headed ip the event
since its inception four years ago.
Significant changes would be
necessary to continue the annual
event For one thing, Harmon said
last year that the 1990trail ride would
be the last one he would head up.
For another, the land on which
the ride was held has beat leased for
a cattle operation and is no longer
available for the trail ride.
Still another consideration is that
the ride does not seem to have the
enthusiastic backing of every mem-
ber of the board because it is held in
the Godley area and not in Burleson.
Chamber President JX. Phinney
told the board last month that an
alternate piece of property could be
found in the same general area as the
trail ride has been held. He also said
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Moody, James. Burleson Star (Burleson, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 75, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 25, 1991, newspaper, April 25, 1991; Burleson, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth762538/m1/1/: accessed December 11, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Burleson Public Library.