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Two male juveniles, both age 12, were arrested on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, for arson. They are suspected of starting the blaze in the burning of the Palomino Hotel on East Broadway in Sweetwater.
According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, a call came in at 8:29 p.m. about the fire and firefighters were able to get the blaze under control by 8:50 p.m. About 12 firefighters had made it to the scene with six units at the scene.
Two of the rooms at the motel were heavily damaged and the estimated cost of the damage is about $15,000. The two juveniles were thought to have started the fire by playing with a lighter.
The Sweetwater Fire Department also responded to several fires on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, started by fireworks which included a tank battery supply line catching fire in Fisher County and another fire near Eskota Road.