LIBERAL, KAN. – According to local investigators, a weekend fire at the National Beef Packing Co. processing plant in Liberal, Kan., was intentionally started.
The Liberal Police Department said it arrested an 18-year-old male on an aggravated arson charge. The police department and the Liberal Fire Department responded to reports of a fire at the facility around 12:44 a.m. on April 18.
“Upon arrival, the Liberal Fire Department was able to control the fire. Later on, after reviewing surveillance footage, an 18-year-old male was observed in the area prior to the 911 call,” the police department said in its news release. “Investigating officers were able to determine that he intentionally started the fire.”
Police booked the teenager into the Seward County jail.