Two men indicted in $1 million Juneau blaze

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A grand jury has indicted two men on arson charges in connection with a $1 million fire that destroyed a Juneau Self Storage building in June.

Cresucio ''Chris'' Balarmino Bagoyo III and Michael Thomas Blevins were indicted Friday on charges of first-degree arson, second-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

The June 3 fire destroyed 281 storage units. More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze, narrowly escaping injury when the roof of the structure caved in.

Fire officials had said there was little chance of determining the cause and origin of the fire because of the extensive damage. Police said investigators took another look based on tips from ''credible sources.''

Bagoyo and Blevins also were charged in a June 2 burglary of the Gastineau Human Services administration office. The men are accused of taking $49,000 in checks and about $4,000 in cash, along with various credit cards.

Bagoyo and Blevins are being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, police said.

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