BAUMHOLDER, Germany — Charges are still pending against two 1st Armored Division soldiers in connection with a fire that destroyed part of Baumholder’s city government center.

“Due to the ongoing status of the investigation, charges have yet to be preferred against any individuals potentially linked to the fire,” according to a 1st AD news release late Tuesday.

The soldiers are in pretrial confinement at the Mannheim Confinement Facility, stated Maj. Michael Indovina in an e-mail response to a Stars and Stripes query. A pretrial confinement hearing was held Tuesday during which the military magistrate approved a request to continue holding the suspects, stated Indovina, spokesman at division headquarters in Wiesbaden.

Officials have not released the soldiers’ names.

German police arrested three soldiers last Friday afternoon in connection with the fire, which was set about 3:30 a.m. that morning.

The fire destroyed a wing of the government center, causing an estimated 1 million euros in damage. German police also are investigating the soldiers — two of whom were away without leave and living off base — in connection with a number of other crimes that night including the robbery of a taxi driver, the theft of Army computers from a base building and the attempted robbery of an Internet cafe near the government center.

In addition, German police are still investigating a group of 10 people between the ages of 19 and 23 in connection with those crimes, according to Monika Peters, press officer at police headquarters in Trier.

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