Fires at EKU dorm ruled arson

Several agencies are investigating after firefighters say fires at an Eastern Kentucky University dorm were intentionally set.

EKU officials say hallway bulletin boards were set on fire on the 8th and 19th floors of Commonwealth Hall, just after 4 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators say the fires caused some minor damage to the walls.

The dorm, which is home to 400 students, was evacuated. No one was injured.

The Richmond Fire Department says they also found that a sprinkler in an adjacent room to one of the fires had been tampered with.

Students who had to evacuate called this incident a senseless act.

"Was very upsetting," Morgan Bahl, who lives in Commonwealth Hall, said. "I think that it's selfish, their quick amusement."

So far, no arrests have been made in this case. The Richmond Fire Department, EKU Police, and the Kentucky State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating, and ask anyone with information to come forward.

EKU officials say Commonwealth Hall reopened to students around noon Thursday. However, officials say they will be testing the dorm's fire alert system throughout the day, which will require at least one more evacuation of the dorm.


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