29/07/2011 - Lyon Capital - After a fire destroyed part of the Administrative Detention Centre (ARC) from Lyon Saint-Exupéry, eight people caught red-handed at the scene were placed in custody. Hundreds of thousands of euros of property damage could be imputed to them.
According to preliminary investigation conducted by the Regional Directorate of the Police and air borders (PAF), the fire started in five different parts of the detention centre in Lyon, Thursday, July 28, shortly after 13h . Upon arrival of firefighters, eight people were caught red-handed at the scene of the fire started in the part reserved for men of the CRA. They were placed in custody in order to sort out their respective responsibilities. But after several hours' questioning, police have still failed to understand who on Friday had started the fire, and who was an accomplice. "There will certainly be prosecution in this case," a police source said Friday late afternoon. A judicial inquiry could be opened at the end of police custody Saturday night, before a criminal trial.
The damage has not yet been evaluated. A safety committee will spend the next few days to assess the damage. In the meantime, the centre is closed. Of the detained, 58 people were transferred to other detention centres, in Nimes and Toulouse.
..In Lyon, never had a fire forced the closure of the detention centre. A precedent in 2007 had not caused much damage. There is already talk of hundreds of thousands of euros' damage.