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UPDATE: Fire Marshal Rules Fire at WVU Apartment Complex to be Arson

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Assistant State Fire Marshal Mackey Ayersman has ruled that arson was the cause of the fire at Campus Evolution Villages.

Complex employees and security later discovered vandalism to two other 'data/sprinkler' rooms in buildings 1200 and 2200, according to Ayersman. The vandalism occurred around the same time as a fire was intentionally set in the sprinkler room in building 2600.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal's Office at 1-800-233-FIRE.

All of the tenants were able to return back to the building on Sunday evening.

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Crews responded to a structure fire at a Morgantown apartment complex early Saturday morning.

According to Mecca 911, it happened just after 12:30 a.m. at the Campus Evolution Villages on District Drive. The fire was contained to building 2600.

"We got on scene with smoke showing on the first and second floor, did a primary search of the entire building to make sure there were no students still in the building, and we located the fire and extinguished it," said Ryan Gillespie, Star City Volunteer Fire Department

The Star City VFD said the fire was contained to the maintenance room in the building. There is light smoke and water damage, but the damage is considered minimal.

"We do have water damage from a sprinkler that did flow, it did what its suppose to do and activated with the heat. However there is light smoke damage, but there is no fire damage to any of the apartments," Gillespie said.

Dozens of people were inside of the apartment building when it caught fire, but everyone made it out safely and no one was injured.

"I woke up to it from all the fire alarms going off, and it was just really loud, and all smoke was everywhere," said Lindsey Beyer, resident.

Firefighters said the cause of the fire is electrical and tenants are unable to stay in the building until further notice.

West Virginia University is working to find places for those people to stay until it is safe to go back into the building, according to firefighters.

The Star City VFD is investigating.

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