EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMORGANTOWN STREET FIRES
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Reward Offered In Morgantown Street, Car Fires
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Oct. 1, 2012 10:07 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 4, 2012 3:39 PM EDT
Morgantown, Monongalia , West Virginia
The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to arrests in a Morgantown street fire that destroyed three vehicles.
The blaze last weekend was one of seven street fires set after the West Virginia-Baylor football game.
Police say the Cass Street fire spread to and destroyed three parked vehicles. It also caused about $1,000 in damage to the exterior of a house. That fire began about 6:50 a.m. on Sunday.
A local property owner is offering a separate $2,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest.
West Virginia students and their friends regularly start bonfires to celebrate everything from a major sports victory to the end of a semester.
WVU beat Baylor 70-63 in its Big 12 debut.
Excitement over West Virginia University’s victory Saturday over Baylor apparently fanned a little too much excitement in Morgantown. Police are investigating seven street fires that were set after the game.
Police said one of those fires destroyed three parked cars and caused about $1,000 in heat damage to the exterior of a nearby house.
Students have been known to start bonfires to celebrate everything from major sports victories to the end of a semester.
University officials have joined police in cracking down on fire starters. During the last school year, at least 10 students were expelled.
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