Two Arrests Made in Millbrae Community Center Fire
On Monday, July 25, the City of Millbrae, Central County Fire Department, and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department announced that two minors have been arrested on charges of arson related to the Millbrae Community Center fire last week.
“I am thankful for the hard work and diligence of fire investigators at Central County Fire and detectives at the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department,” said Millbrae Mayor Anne Oliva. “At this time, I ask that we hold back judgement until all the investigation is complete, and all the details and evidence emerge.”
According to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department, during interrogations, the two boys gave enough information to make detectives comfortable in making the arrests.
“At this stage of the investigation, the evidence gathered suggests that the juveniles did not intend to deliberately set the community center on fire and suggests a foolish act of reckless behavior," said Detective Salvador Zuno, Public Information Officer for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department.
While no one was hurt in the fire, the damage and loss of the Community Center is expected to cost more than $2 million to completely repair. In the meantime, programs and events that were scheduled to take place at the Community Center have been temporarily put on hold or relocated to alternative sites.
“We all know setbacks like these happen, but that doesn’t make them hurt any less,” said Mayor Oliva. “Together, we will decide on the best path to build a new community center. Even though it hurts, we have an opportunity to start fresh, and build a facility that better meets our needs.”
The City of Millbrae will be hosting a community meeting at City Hall on August 8th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the history and future vision of the community center. Millbrae residents are encouraged to attend and give their input on the development of the future center.
Currently, the Millbrae Community Foundation is accepting donations to help facilitate the relocation of programs and help with the reconstruction.
The complete press conference can be watched on YouTube at: