Two West Virginia University students are charged with malicious burning after allegedly setting one of several fires in Morgantown over the weekend.
According to a release from the Morgantown Fire Marshal's Office, Casey James Deskins, 18, of Hico, and Brandon Chase Belcher, 18, of Anstead, were spotted setting a dumpster fire early Sunday morning.
A marshal reported seeing the pair lighting a dumpster under the Walnut Street bridge at 3:14 a.m. Deskins and Belcher are charged with malicious burning, and fire investigators said more charges are pending.
The dumpster contained five mattresses, five box springs, four couches, multiple bags of garbage, and piles of cardboard boxes.
"I would hope the word would spread that you really don't want to do this in Morgantown. We do have to pursue this and we will turn around and prosecute anybody that we catch doing it. It's dangerous. It's seen as a tradition, it's seen as many things with WVU. In my eyes, I see it as a problem," said Mark Caravasos, Morgantown Fire Chief.
Records indicate that both are students at West Virginia University and also face punishment from WVU, including expulsion, officials said.
That fire was one of several set over the weekend, according to fire investigators.
Fire officials are also investigating a dumpster fire at 300 Mclane Avenue, a couch fire in front of 505 Grant Avenue, and garbage toter fires at 609 and 703 Grant Avenue.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the Morgantown Arson Hotline at 304-225-3586.