Police, Fire Marshal On Alert After 27 Fires In Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (KDKA) — Fire investigators are looking into more than two dozen fires that appear to have been intentionally set in Morgantown.

“Chairs, tables, couches and of course the most dangerous are the dumpsters because you don’t know what’s in them,” Morgantown Fire Marshal Captain Ken Tennant said.

The area affected by the fires is mainly occupied by West Virginia University students. Many of them say they’re used to fires being set.

There have been 27 set since mid-May.

“They just kind of spring up I guess,” Ben Cross said. “No one wants to get in trouble and talk about it and people just go off on their own and do it I guess.”

Police have increased patrols in the Sunnyside Area where this is happening. They are also keeping an eye on social media to find clues as to who may be setting the fires.

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